If you’ve been looking for a new way form of entertainment for your commute, your morning jog, or your time at the gym, iOS and Android users can take advantage of a new free app, Umano. The idea behind Umano couldn’t be simpler, and it’s surprising that no one has thought of this before now. Umano has a team of professional voice actors recording readings of articles from popular online sites and magazines from around the Web.
Thanks to technology, the world is smaller. Is it the same for the visually impaired? From the evidence all around us, I believe the answer is yes. Why should it be a surprise that technology is being customized for the visually challenged? Technology is the Great Enabler. So, if you know someone who is vision impaired, tell them about the excellent resources you can find on the web for the blind and partially sighted.
We’re going to talk about taking something that you’ve written or read, and putting it into sounds so that you can either listen to it yourself, or share it with others. You may want to take on the formidable, if not rewarding, task of creating an audiobook. As surely as I sit here and type directly to you, as surely as you read this on technology that could have ended Word War II in its infancy, this task IS within your reach.
There are some easy ways to get free textbooks, study more efficiently, and cut the time it takes to write a paper in half. Despite growing criticisms of the “value” of a degree, this generation has the best chance to make the most out of a course. Technology has enabled us to speed up just about every other industry and create the kind of efficiency man could only dream about two decades ago. So why not apply it to academic life?