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Downtime speed read
In the Netherlands “Vertragingsapp” (or the ‘Delay’ app) offers you short stories on your mobile device based on the time of your delay on public transportation. After you have entered the expected time delay, you can browse stories from well-known authors and read it within that time.
Why it matters
Whilst the app promotes authors, it also caters to consumers by tailoring media to their everyday needs. Is this a new trend whereby TV show lengths may be reduced to 15 minutes or where movies will need to include intermissions for today’s time-poor audiences? Are there other services or products that would be better suited to consumers if they took into account time restraints?
Total BooX is a new “Pay-as-you-go” model for e-books. The business model allows users to try a book without paying the full price up front. By signing up for the service, readers can pay for a percentage of each book they access as they read. Finishing a title will cost the same as having paid for the book beforehand.
Students at the Technical University in Berlin are developing a new digital photographic device that takes panoramic view pictures covering all angles. The device is in fact a soft padded ball with 36 integrated cameras. To take a picture, the ball needs to be thrown in the air. At the highest point, the ball takes one picture.