Last year I watched a video of a startup called Qwiki that was presented at TechCrunch Disrupt. They won the $50,000 price. Three months ago, Qwiki released it’s public alpha at Qwiki.com (give it a try). And recently, Qwiki released it’s iPad app.
Qwiki is an information gathering app. It takes researching a topic from just text to a visual, audio, and text experience. Don’t know what to look up? Qwiki updates “featured Qwikis” on it’s home page and iPad app. Qwiki scours the internet for the information needed and presents it with a robotic female voice, text, videos, and pictures.
After the presentation, the ability to improve the Qwiki becomes available where it’s possible to suggest more pictures, videos, or critique the voice (pronunciation or speed). Related Qwikis show up at the bottom and links to more information on sites like Wikipedia and YouTube pop up as well. The option to share the Qwiki on various sites also becomes available (Facebook, Twitter, email, or embed on a website). Watch their presentation at TechCrunch Disrupt below or just visit the site and try it out!