There’s no question that the rise and rise of online video is delivering some incredibly powerful changes to the way we consume knowledge. The first surprise is how popular short form video content has become, which came as a complete surprise to those who thought you could never deliver enough value in a few minutes to make it work. The second shock is how powerful on-demand video is for education.
Services like Khan Academy have proved that properly structured video content can be just as compelling and valuable for education as a live lecture, and it’s clear there’s more to come. The new Mobento video library technology is an example of just how amazing the technology is going to get. The developers have come up with a way to do a proper spoken word search inside videos, and unlike other services it’s live and working in public beta right now.
What makes this new system so special is the fact that it can pick out and specifically point to different words in the search phrase and present them in an easily readable timeline. You want to know where the word ‘warming‘ is in a video, and ‘sea‘? No problem, just put the search terms in and you’ll see all instances of the word in the timeline, color coded and with a word count included. It’s gorgeous in its simplicity.
The plan is to promote Mobento as a private video library service, focused on education to start with, but the developers are also open to licensing the technology out to other companies who want to offer sophisticated voice search for their own video collections. The public beta offers content from Khan Academy, TED Talks and other specialist sources, and we can really see this taking off in a huge way in education and short form tutorials (online DIY manuals are obviously a prime candidate). Definitely one to watch.