Lynx, Destroyer of Worlds (with Science!) (lynxreign) wrote,
Lynx, Destroyer of Worlds (with Science!)
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Neat tech

This is the first time I've ever been glad I listened to the fund-raising drivel on NPR. One of the enticements they're offering is a nifty little bit of technology.

It is a flash drive with a button and probably a microphone or perhaps just an internal clock. I'm guessing as to how this works because they certainly didn't explain it. If you're listening to NPR and you hear a story you like and want to go back to later, you push the button. When you next to go a computer, insert the flash drive and you get a list of bookmarks that will take you to the stories you wanted to listen to again or read about on-line.

I figure they're managing this in one of two ways.

  1. They're transmitting the url during the story on a frequency you can't hear in computer code and when you press the button it records that bookmark
  2. When you press the button it makes a note of the time and when you go on-line it matches that time to the station log to see what they were playing at the time and gives you the bookmark.


  1. Transmission Method

    • Positive

      1. Is more accurate
      2. You don't have to go to their site before you find out what the bookmarks are.

    • Negative

      1. There are more technical hurdles
      2. There's more to set up and maintain
      3. Harder to move to other stations in the NPR network


  2. Clock Method

    • Positive

      1. Flash drive is simpler
      2. No transmission needed
      3. Easy to pass to other stations

    • Negative

      1. More likely to have mismatches if button is pushed at end or beginning of story
      2. Must go to NPR site to see bookmarks




Either way it is a cool bit of technology. I'm hoping it uses the transmission method 'cause I think that's a little cooler.
Tags: npr, tech, web
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