WIBBITZ Launches Breakthrough Text-To-Video News App For iOS

By on Jun 27, 2013 at 6:03 am

Cupertino, California – Wibbitz, the leading developer of text-to-video technologies, is announcing today the launch of its first mobile application for consumers. The app allows users to consume stories from their favorite news, sports, business and entertainment sites in the form of summarized video clips designed and optimized for their mobile devices.

With the new Wibbitz app, articles originally drafted in text-form become interactive video clips that merge images, video clips, info-graphics and text-to-speech, into a beautifully packaged and convenient form for consumption on-the-go.

The Wibbitz app leverages technology the company developed for media outlets, and their exponentially growing demand for premium media content, allowing them to easily convert their existing text-based content into video content at scale, automatically, without human intervention.

The algorithms that drive Wibbitz’s technology analyze the text of an article, extract the highlights and translate them into video summaries that merge images, video clips, infographics and text-to-speech. By utilizing industry leading Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies, and narrowing down texts into 1-2 minute videos, the Wibbitz app enables users to more effectively engage with media content on-the-go and at home or work. The app addresses the exponentially growing demand for premium media content, giving print a chance to shine as video.

“Textual web content simply isn’t designed for consumption on mobile devices. There’s just too much tapping and zooming in and out to comfortably enjoy reading the news,” said Wibbitz CEO and Co-Founder Zohar Dayan. “By automatically converting articles to videos specifically optimized for mobile devices the Wibbitz app makes it easy and fun to finally enjoy the content again, rather than fiddle with it to make it fit to the screen.”

Founded in 2011, Wibbitz has raised $2.3 million from investors including Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures (which invested in Facebook, Spotify and Waze), Lool Ventures, Initial Capital and Kima Ventures. Prior to launching the new app, Wibbitz offered content-to-video solutions for publishers, enjoying over 50,000 sites with over 17 million unique video views per month.

“The Internet is about enabling personalization of content and avoiding one-size-fits-all consumption,” said Yotam Cohen, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development. “Wibbitz is putting the “mass” back into mass media, providing our partners a wider reach and users greater access to information they want and need.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 12.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Wibbitz 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category.

Wibbitz 1.0
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Wibbitz is the developer of breakthrough text-to-video technologies that allow users to consume content in entirely new ways. Wibbitz cleverly re-packages textual content into rich and informative video summaries that can be watched conveniently on mobile screens, at home or on the go. The company was founded in 2011 by Zohar Dayan and Yotam Cohen and has received investments from Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Lool Ventures, Initial Capital and Kima Ventures. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Wibbitz Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.