Linguoo: the sound Wikipedia with a Cordovan stamp
“ We want to become the largest audio library in the world, like Wikipedia. To be a platform that is built all over the world.” Emanuel Vilte (35) explains the goal that the Linguooteam intends to reach. It is a Cordoba startup , multi-award-winning and growing. It is an app that allows you to listen, through narrations, to the contents of web pages. A kind of Google made of audios. Articles, books or posts from the most popular blogs on the web are there. The system functions as an MP3 content library , which can be customized according to the user’s tastes. Anyone can contribute audio content and suggest others. It’s a collective building platform. “We want the platform not to be superficial information,” says Vilte.
The project came about almost four years ago. Emanuel and Ricardo León, Systems engineer, began thinking about an application for visually impairedpeople.
A bet on the use of artificial intelligence
“ My mom was losing her vision. She was journalist, lawyer and novelist. He had a maculopathy and stopped reading. That’s the depressed, lost her job, and we started looking for ways for her to listen to poetry blogs, politics. And everyone used robotic voices, without emotion,” says Vilte.
Thus was the idea that an army of volunteer storytellers was born in charge of assembling a gigantic audio library. First it was focused on provide a service to people with poor vision or blind eyes. To do this, the put in contact with Cordoban NGOs working with disability visual. But then it expanded to those people whom like to read and be informed, but they do not have time to do so.
The innovation of Cordoba aims to offer content on a single platform with people reading real. In other words, it seeks to replace synthesized and robotic voices in reading software with the warmth of human narration. “We think of mobile platforms in a global community. With storytellers around the world so that every person from home could narrate an article and build a kind of audio Wikipedia,” he says.
The recognition of the platform reached through the Google-Knight scholarship, which allowed them to grow. Later, he received the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Award for Young Entrepreneurs , the Unesco WSIS Prize and the Bank’s IntalLatam Award Inter-American Development Programme.
Then, the Linguoo team was invited by companies around the world and governments, such as Denmark, to generate alliances for to advance proposals of mutual interest.
“ It was growing, today we are in 117 countries, with more than 55 thousand users and a community of about 250 storytellers from 45 countries. We have a team of our own. We have ‘curators’ (editors) in each place, who take care of the articles, send them to the narrators and ensure that there is quality in the audio,” he says.
Content on demand
Linguoo aims for the storytellers community to donate their time to build a global platform. It is an inclusive and social app. The platform can be used from computers or smartphones.
The idea is to turn it into a
Argentina, nacida en Córdoba. Investigadora en el área de lingüística. En formación constante sobre las Letras y sobre la vida, gracias a la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Mis experiencias en viajes me llevaron a aprender cada vez más idiomas y querer conocer diversas culturas desde adentro. Pienso en la escritura como una herramienta para transformar el mundo y volverlo un espacio justo y equilibrado.
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