With Sparkup, You Won't Have to Read 'Green Eggs & Ham' Aloud For the Millionth Time
Nobody could read Ducks Don't Get Wet like my mom. And now, thanks to some new technology, maybe nobody has to.
Sparkup is an audio recorder that attaches to a picture book and allows a reader to record herself reading aloud. In addition to recording a narrator's voice, the gadget's camera tracks page turns and associates audio clips with their correct pages. What this means is that you can record yourself reading a book using Sparkup, and then you can clip Sparkup to that same book, and as the pages are turned you will hear your voice reading them aloud. It also lets you turn pages back and forth, or even skip pages, and you'll still hear the proper audio for each page.
It can hold audio for somewhere around 50 books, depending on the length.
While it's not a substitute for reading aloud to your child, it does present a backup for the parent who might be out for the night or just so sick of reading Oliver Jeffers' Stuck that they just can't take it anymore.
It seems that this technology would be unlikely to work on text-only books, which is a shame as it could be a powerful editing tool—you could write a draft, read it aloud, and then hear yourself reading it back, page by page. Might work with a short story if you just added a pic on every page for the editing process, though. Anyone got any other uses for it?
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