Wordio: From the Internet to Your Ears

19 Jan

From the Internet to your ears: Student entrepreneurs are hearing success with ‘Wordio’ smartphone app / Featured Stories – FSU.com.

If you haven’t heard of Wordio yet, give it a few months.

That’s the hope of a group of nine Florida State University students who created a new smartphone application that will transform written content on the Web into audio form, allowing users to listen to their favorite articles while driving, exercising or simply relaxing.

The students, whose areas of study range from information technology to entrepreneurship, were the recipients of a grand prize worth around $20,000 from the inaugural “Start-Up Tally” entrepreneurship contest for their innovative business plan.

Wordio, according to the group’s sleek website, “aims to bring every text article on the Web to your ears.”

Wordio’s team members meet with FSU’s College of Business Assistant in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur in Residence Ron Frazier regularly to discuss ideas.

Troy Sultan, CEO of Wordio, began using audio books and found that he consumed much more content using the technology than with traditional reading. The added bonus of being able to complete small tasks while gaining knowledge by listening to a book got Sultan thinking: How can we do this for the Web?

For Sultan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from Florida State and is now pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in computer science, entrepreneurship runs in his blood. The son of two entrepreneurs, the ambitious student wanted to find his own way to improve the way the world is doing something, and voilà — Wordio was born.

“We all want to make the space we live in more efficient, and in (Wordio’s) case, we want to make a content consumption process more efficient,” Sultan said.

Video: FSU students start up careers as entrepreneurs

A group of Florida State University student-entrepreneurs make their business idea a reality. Wordio is an application for mobile devices capable of turning any online text into voice, and it goes live in just a few short weeks. (Dec 7, 2011)

Wordio has impressed one expert in the entrepreneurial field, Florida State’s College of Business Assistant in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur in Residence Ron Frazier.

“I’ve already noticed that the students working on Wordio are very high energy,” Frazier said. “They are all taking a full course load while managing a business, and quite frankly, I can’t figure out how they do it.”

Using the College of Business’ Student Business Incubatorspace, the group meets regularly to continue to develop the Wordio application.

Pascal Wagner, a third-year senior double-majoring in information technology and management information systems, said using the incubator space couldn’t be more beneficial.

“Although learning information in class is great, it’s really cool to actually make business decisions based on personal experiences,” he said.

Wordio will next compete in the Intel Innovators competition, which, if the team is victorious, will add $100,000 to its budget. To help Wordio win this competition, visit the business’ Facebook page to learn more.

In addition, Wordio is actively seeking volunteers to test its beta model. To sign up to be one of the first to experience this cutting-edge software, visit Wordio’s website.

Tallahassee, Fl–1/19/2012

It seems the response for any problem these days is, “Don’t worry, there’s an app for that.” Well two FSU students found something there wasn’t an app for, and developed it themselves.

In a world where multi-tasking rules, Troy Sultan is king. Out of an office on Florida State’s campus, he’s developed an innovative app called Wordio. Essentially it turns the web and any other text into an audio book.

“Wordio transforms written content on the web to audio instantly allowing you to listen to your favorite articles while driving, exercising or simply relaxing,” said Sultan.

It’s a moment many people are familiar with. You’re running late to that meeting or exam and you just needed a few more minutes to look over your notes but you can’t read and walk at the same time. Well, Wordio’s got you covered.

“This is the age of multi-tasking. Not to mention the web is exponentially becoming saturated with more and more content than people could possibly consume. So our goal is to allow people to consume more content than they would have if we didn’t exist,” said Sultan.

So say you wanted the content on this page read to you. Done. Plus, the Wordio technology will filter out any “noise” like ads or pop-ups.

And if you ever dreamed of having your Sunday paper read to you? Well now you can say…”There’s an app for that.”

The app is still in the development phase. Currently the minds behind Wordio are leading in a Facebook contest hosted by Intel. If they win, they’ll be awarded 100 grand. That money will help get the app to you sooner. So if you want this technology, check out Wordio on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/wordio

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