I came across Callpedia the other day.
It is an interesting idea –
- you text a query to CallPedia’s text number (+353873204111)
- you wait a minute or so and then
- you phone CallPedia (+353766020331) and it reads out the WikiPedia entry for your query term
I can see this being great in a situation where you are away from your laptop and need to get info quickly (sales meeting, in the pub chatting someone up, etc.).
However, the voice at the other needs a bit of work. At the minute, it reads out the Wikipedia entry in a complete monotone giving no modulations for grammar so it can be difficult to discern the meaning of the text. And don’t get me started on their excuse for a website!
Still with a bit of work…