A new iPhone application called Friends Aloud from VoiZapp uses state of the art text-to-speech technology to read aloud your Facebook news feed. It cycles through your friends’ status updates, as well as the associated comments, and reads them out in a pleasant, easy to understand voice.
For Facebook addicts Friends Aloud allows you to peel your eyes away from your iPhone or computer screen but remain up to date. Leave your device in your bag, pocket, or on your desk, and carry on with your day while you listen to everything that’s happening on Facebook.
Dr. Robert B. Wesson, VoiZapp’s CEO, said in a press release:
Facebook has become an integral part of peoples’ lives, and mobile has fundamentally changed the way they access and use social networking services. You can now stay in touch with your Facebook friends while safely driving, walking, exercising – anywhere your eyes are otherwise occupied. Friends Aloud also gives the visually-impaired and elderly an audible window into their friends’ and families’ lives.
It’s the first application of its kind and is certainly a very novel idea. It features some great options that let you customize and control how the application works, such as limiting the number of comments it reads out, or muting posts from friends or pages that you’d prefer to skip. It even understands smiley faces, and common text abbreviations such as LOL and ROFL.
Friends Aloud is a $2.99 app and available in the App Store now.