A SIMPLE, Cost-Effective TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION FOR SHARING KNOWLEDGE

TechnologY

Amplio’s rugged, easy-to-use Talking Book audio device is designed for people who can’t read and who live in places where there’s no electricity or network. It’s built to withstand the elements and works with the locally available batteries that people use for radios or flashlights (torches). Our cloud-based technology platform includes an audio content manager, an app that downloads new content playlists and collects user feedback and usage data from Talking Books in the field, and an analytics dashboard for monitoring and evaluating data for each community.

We’re always working to improve our technology. A Talking Book V2 is currently in development that will work with rechargeable batteries and use an Arm-based microprocessor chip.

Talking Book Features

  • Each 

Talking Book can hold a library of audio content in local languages and dialects, including songs, interviews, dramas, and endorsements to support learning and program goals.
  • An icon-based user interface helps illiterate people navigate topics and select the messages they want to hear.
  • The interface has embossed dots to make the Talking Book easier to use in the dark or by people who are blind.
  • A built-in speaker allows families and groups to listen together.
  • A built-in microphone lets users record their feedback.
  • The Talking Book also collects usage statistics.
  • A silicone band offers protection from dust and rain.
  • A USB port allows staff to plug in smartphone or laptop to update content and collect usage data in the field.

Battery Powered For Remote Places

  • The Talking Book runs on the same types of locally available batteries people use for their radios and flashlights.
  • A Talking Book V2 will use an Arm-based microprocessor chip and work with rechargeable batteries.

Amplio’s Technology Platform and Features

Audio Content Manager

  • Talking Book programs typically require content updates (new messages and information) every three months.
  • The new content gets loaded into our Talking Book audio content manager (ACM).
  • We use the ACM to add metadata to each audio file, including topic category, language, speaker, type of message, and intended audience or community.
  • Audio files are sequenced into playlists for each topic in a Talking Book “content package.”

Talking Book App

  • Amplio’s laptop and smartphone app lets you select and load content onto Talking Books in places where there’s no internet.
  • The smartphone app uses GPS to identify nearby villages and the right content package for each community.
  • When your mobile phone or laptop is connected to a Talking Book’s USB port, you can use the app to load new content and automatically collect usage data and user feedback recordings at the same time.
  • The app sends the data to a cloud-based analytics dashboard the next time it connects to a WiFi or 3G/LTE network.

Analytics dashboard

  • Amplio uses analytics to track, aggregate, and visualize Talking Book content and program performance.
  • Our analytics dashboard offers a consolidated view of the content installation progress, usage statistics, and user feedback for each community and Talking Book device.
  • Different views allow our team to dive deeper into data to identify key issues and trends.
  • Performance analytics help our partners monitor and evaluate programs, identify actionable insights, and update and improve Talking Book content to address community needs.

the talking book advantagE

Because the Talking Book is designed for people who can’t read and who live in places where there’s no electricity, it offers a range of benefits for organizations that need to communicate and share information in remote areas. Mobile phones, for example, require a minimum level of literacy, network connectivity, and can be expensive for already marginalized groups. In Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, women are 25% less likely to own a mobile phone and 70% less likely to access mobile internet.

Radio broadcasts do not allow users to pause and repeat content and are limited in their ability to capture user feedback or usage data. Additionally, radio programs are only played at certain times, don’t reach all communities and may not be available in the language or dialect spoken by a target population.

At a glance, Amplio Network’s  Talking Book technology and services allow our global development partners to:

  • Deliver content on a rugged, easy-to-use audio device with no usage fees.
  • Can hold a library of content (hours) on a range of topics vs a single text or voice-message.
  • Provide engaging, informational songs, dramas, and interviews that users can select and play on demand.
  • Gain insight about communities and  improve content through usage data and user feedback loop.
  • Increase information retention and inspire action through story-driven socio-emotional learning.

POSTCARD FROM THE FIELD

Impacting gender stereotypes

Before participating in MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women program, Mary Bognuo didn’t talk to her husband about male-female relationships. However, that changed when she received a Talking Book. At first, her husband didn’t show any interest in listening to the Talking Book, so Mary played message while he was eating dinner. The agriculture advice caught his attention.

“The first day I tuned into the gender messages, he laughed and we argued a lot. The next day he asked to listen again. We began to discuss how joint decision-making and reviewing the workload can help all of us. I was surprised when he asked our sons to always wash their bowls any time they finish eating,” she said.

“I listened to messages about farming, animal rearing, and how we can use animal manure to increase crop yields. The device also taught we Dagaaba women and our men about financial issues we didn’t know. We didn’t know anything about saving money in a bank, but Talking Books explained how to do it.”

Zambo Pogdaa, farmer and resident of Ving Ving, Ghana

“I listened to messages about farming, animal rearing, and how we can use animal manure to increase crop yields. The device also taught we Dagaaba women and our men about financial issues we didn’t know. We didn’t know anything about saving money in a bank, but Talking Books explained how to do it.”

Zambo Pogdaa, farmer and resident of Ving Ving, Ghana

CONTACT

Amplio Network is a US-based nonprofit that uses its Talking Book audio device, services, and affiliates to help global partners share knowledge with those who need it most.

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