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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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#teechy FREE BEER! Pre-launch party for “Quillt” app @ the Swamp tonight (10PM)! Quillt is the world’s first “never-miss-a-single-moment” app for iPhone, Android, SMS, and the Web. Because your life moves on in between Facebook & Twitter status updates.

9 Nov

Calling it now: Quillt has the potential to be the hottest new thing for capturing digital memories. Sure there’s Facebook and Twitter, but all you can really do is upload fragmented memories in different photo albums, wall posts, status updates, and other threats. There’s no unity. No story.

Quillt fixes this problem by allowing you and all your friends to “stitch” together memories on your shared Quillt for any party, vacation, all-nighter, or whatever.

It’s a unified experience that translates into an easily readable story.

"Quillt" app fills the void between Facebook and Twitter status updates.

Do you live in Gainesville, FL? Quillt, a Silicon Valley startup, is being launched exclusively at the University of Florida. Download the app, sign up on www.quillt.com, and come to Swamp Restaurant at 10PM for FREE beer, $2 drinks, and a great place to start your own Quillt! (Note: You need to sign up to be admitted into the Swamp Restaurant).

Life moves fast. That’s why close friends who share life’s highs, lows, and everything in between use Quillt.

Quillt, produced by Austin Cooley, Niko Ralf Cunningham, and Shane Mooney, and backed by a co-founder of Facebook, is app that provides the perfect way for close friends to share their lives together. From the road trip you and the gang took to the late-night study session before finals to the night of your life you had on your first date with Mrs. Right, Quillt stitches your entire social life together. It’s a social networking app that is meant for people who are actually social.

Start a Quillt for every occasion, party, group, circle of friends, road-trip, vacation…whatever, and allow as many of your friends with you to add to your Quillt. Getting hammered tonight? QUILLT IT! Start your story with Quillt and let up to 5 of your closest friends follow your night/event/party/story.

It’s the app for social-everything.

Creating Your Quillts:
✓ You wear many different hats, so join or start as many Quillts as you like. New Experience = New Quillt.
✓ Invite close friends and family to help build each of your Quillts and never forget the highlights of your life.
✓ From your first kiss to your trip through Europe, capture your entire relationship with texts, videos, photos, and check-ins.
✓ Unlimited thoughts, comments, photos, and video uploads.
✓ Quillt on the go and remember the concert through the eyes of everyone who went.
✓ Create stories around what you feel and invite friends to comment and write with you.
✓ Ask questions of your friends and solve life’s little riddles.

Sharing Your Quillts:
✓ Choose who can follow your experiences as spectators.
✓ Share your life as it unfolds with up to 5 spectators per Quillt and give them live, front row tickets to your world.
✓ Engage with your friends’ spectators and make new friends.
✓ Keep your most intimate memories private from spectators by locking them down.
✓ No sharing to twitter or facebook allowed. Quillt is for real-life family and friends.

Viewing Your Quillts:
✓ Relive all your memories in real-time – on your phone or on the web; always free and backed-up instantly to Quillt.com.
✓ Follow your friend’s secrets and share inside jokes with those you trust.
✓ Be invited to become a spectator on your friend’s Quillts and participate in their life (in real-time) from wherever you are.
✓ Quillt works with everyone – from SMS users to iPhone users. Even those with just an internet connection at home can Quillt.

Experience the life you’ve always wanted to see. Yours. Quillt every Thing.

Another screen capture of Quillt

Gizmodo has updated its essential iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone 7 app list. These are must haves!

7 Nov

Gizmodo essential apps – Gizmodo.

First, a shout out to my friend, Kari, for finally updating her phone.

Smartphones >>> dumbphones.

So continue here to check out the apps you need for your new device!

iPhone

iPad

Android

Windows Phone 7

“Watch Me Change” app lets you see how fast your beard grows and/or how fast your face gets wrinkles. Pregnancy and Weight Loss apps too for your pleasure.

3 Nov

Watch Me Change App – How it works from Watch Me Change on Vimeo.

Download on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/watch-me-change-full-version/id464279313?ls=1&mt=8

Watch Me Change – Face.

Pregnancy app

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/watch-me-change-pregnancy/id464283787?ls=1&mt=8

Weight loss app: 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/watch-me-change-weight-watch/id464283064?ls=1&mt=8

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