Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Listen to my Blog - Odiogo Audiblizes Dr. Z Reflects

This Odiogo opportunity is snaZZy!!!

If you are too busy to read Dr. Z Reflects, now you can listen to it.  I was reading the latest posting in David Warlick's blog, 2 Cents Worth, when I noticed that there were buttons at the beginning of each posting that allowed me to listen to the posting instead of having to read it.  Not that I am lazy, but it was a wonder option.

Odiogo provides a audio podcast production system that will use sophisticated text-to-speech technologies to verbally read each of my postings into an MP3 file that can then be played through iTunes or some other music player system.  I am quite impressed with quality of the synthesized voice.
Now, as well as subscribing to the RSS feed for the textual version of Dr. Z Reflects, you will able to subscribe to an audio podcast RSS feed so that you can listen to a computer read my blog to you. 

Think of the opportunities that such a system. It isn't difficult to do. Here is a video on the Odiogo blog that shows how you can add it to your TypePad blog.  Adding it to Blogger is basically the same process.

Imagine what you can do with you can "mobilize your media" to make it available on your phone and iPod.

What do you think?  How do you see that you might use Odiogo to mobilize YOUR media?

Z
image: odiogo.com

2 comments:

  1. This reminds me of the Kurzweil educational software that severely dyslexic students use. Actually, Odiogo translates words better than Kurzweil and I suppose it's a lot cheaper too! Nice find Dr. Z.

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  2. I love it, Dr. Z! I just added Odiogo (audio go)to my blog, also, then subscribed through iTunes. The voice is, surprisingly, professional. It makes my blog thoughts sound important. Wow!

    I can see using this in education with students who do not read very well or those with limited eyesight. The teacher could type in assignments, instructions, and so on, then have the students listen. And, vice-versa, students who do not talk very well could type their words, then have Odiogo speak the words for them. Another interesting idea might be to have students post personal stories on blogs. Then, other classmates could subscribe and listen to them on their iPods--while at the YMCA, while lifting weights for wrestling, while on a bus to a jazz band competition, and so on. I think Odiogo is full of possibilities.

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