Text 2.0

April 1, 2010

Imagine there were input devices which could allow text to know if and how it is being read – how would this change the reading experience?

A very daring and interesting question! With the help of an eye-tracker, Text 2.0 follows your progress and presents effects just in time.
This means that while reading, music starts to play, new images and animations appear while approaching keywords or elements in your text.

What else can Text 2.0 do?

  • Translations appear when you need them.
  • Words are explained on the fly (intelligent footnotes).
  • Compound words are automatically divided.
  • If you are lost, a red arrow guides you back to where you left off.
  • You can even ask for the pronunciation of words in your text. How cool is that?

As most of you know, I a big fan of speedreading. So, I kept the best for last :

Imagine Text 2.0 would know when you are skimming through a text and it would fade out irrelevant information to streamline your reading. What would that do to you?

Yes, I am a fan already. I can’t wait to start test-driving Text 2.0 myself! Think about where I’ll be going next time I’m in Kaiserslautern? 🙂

Have a look at this YouTube movie yourself and let me know what you think?

Where does this come from?

Ralf Biedert, Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel and DFKI, the German Center for Artificial Intelligence

Contact Ralf directly if you need more info. Downloading a Text 2.0 paper could help too…

Oh, one more thing, Do you want to know why it is called “Text 2.0” and not “Reading 2.0“? Read it at the FAQ of the Text 2.0 website.