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Old 05-06-2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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BuddyBuzz - social network for mobile speed reading

The Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab claims to have developed the fastest method for reading text on your mobile phone. BuddyBuzz, a small Java MIDlet, combines RSVP, captology, social networking (people can rate content), and mobility. According to SiliconBeat:

Even with newer mobile devices with larger screens, the amount of text that can be displayed at any one time is limited, forcing people to scroll or tab from paragraph to paragraph or page to page. BuddyBuzz's technology largely avoids those issues. RSVP - for rapid fire serial presentation - quickly flashes words on a screen one at a time. The streaming process lets you stare at the screen and just absorb the text, without having to shift your eyes back and forth. The technology also allows the typeface size of text to be larger because just word at a time is on the screen.

For the research phase, BuddyBuzz has partnered with Reuters and CNET, who are providing them with ~700 news stories each day, as well as articles about culture, technology, health, science, sports, and more. Once you have an account, you can also add your own content to the BuddyBuzz system.

Make sure to give it a try. BuddyBuzz is currently free to sign up for and free to use. You can also click here for a 5-minutes video presentation (in Real Video).
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