With Sparkup, You Won't Have to Read 'Green Eggs & Ham' Aloud For the Millionth Time

With Sparkup, You Won't Have to Read 'Green Eggs & Ham' Aloud For the Millionth
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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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leah_beth's picture
leah_beth from New Jersey - now in Charleston, SC is reading five different books at once. August 29, 2014 - 8:45am

Funny story: when my daughter was a baby, I read the same books over and over and over. Goodnight Moon, There's a Wocket in my Pocket, and a few others. I memorized them. I had no choice.

Once, at the tail end of a VERY long car ride, I wound up reciting them over and over to her....they must have been packed in the back or something....but it was the only think that kept her quiet on that final, dreadful hour.

So there's something to be said to reading those books over and over and over....tedious though it may be. :D 

Still, I heart technology!!!

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine August 29, 2014 - 8:47am

The less time I have to spend with my kid, the better!

Full disclosure: I don't have a kid.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 31, 2014 - 11:09am

It won't work like people are hoping. When my ex-wife moved across the U.S., I recorded a couple of Hallmark books for my son so that he would always have me to read to him. He isn't a big fan of them. He would rather have me actually read books in person. It's just not the same. It isn't really the story that they love, although it helps. It's you reading to them: a steady, extended stream of positive attention. The recording can't do that. If anything, it is the opposite. I think it's a good idea, I just know from experience that it didn't work the way I thought it would.