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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?
The makers of Magalhães (a laptop computer for school children) are going to manufacture a tablet for the youth market. This low-cost personal digital device will be the size of a book, highly resistant and suitable for children as young as three years old.
The site Be at TV broadcasts live festivals and DJ sets straight into your home, making the living room a venue for an intimate club night. You can watch past events, locate yourself with the cameras, tag people you met and message them through the site.