This is my first IH post. Inspired by all the great posts I have read over the years and excited to contribute.
A couple of weekends ago I made a news aggregator with a focus on audio articles.
It's currently very simple. Grabs latest news, uses a realistic text to speech conversion on the article content and presents result in a nicely optimised web interface.
From a UI perspective, think Apple News meets Spotify.
Heres what the basic UI currently looks like on a mobile (Click the image for best view).
I am really loving using the tool. I can take in the daily news without spending a large amount of time scrolling through loads of news articles. I can listen to my news on the go (exercising, cooking etc) and I have reduced daily screen time by almost an hour.
Big publishers are investing heavily in audio articles so I feel like an aggregator of that content would be a useful addition. https://www.wsj.com/articles/publishers-are-investing-in-a-second-generation-of-audio-articles-11597226400
There are also some amazing developments in text to speech coming down the line. Viable voice cloning is on the horizon. Imagine having any news article read to you by your favourite new broadcaster on demand.
I imagine this is not going to compete with voice assistants but be more like Feedly with a USP that audio content is the primary content type.
Would you personally use something like this?
Does this sound like a sensible thing to turn into a real product. I am looking for an interesting side project that I can grow and maybe monetise in a few months/years time.
If you think I should build it, what would be your advice on next steps. My short term goal would be to get a handful on active users so I can iterative and improve.
Really looking forward to the communities feedback.