Yes, you heard my right. This web app is a Wikipedia player and plays wiki content. It totally changed my conception about “wiki” and “information”. Wikipedia becomes something truly enjoyable. How? With video, voice annotation and interactive menu. Amazing, isn’t? This is a web app that I highly recommend without hesitation.
Qwiki is a revolutionary user interface of Wikipedia. It pulls content from Wikipedia but re-packaged them in an interactive and media-rich way.
After you performed a search, you’ve got a voice annotation that reads out an introduction about the topic you searched for. The first paragraph of the Wiki entry is read out loud by a nice voice (text-to-speech). Just like watching TV you can choose to turn on / off subtitles.
While the annotation plays, images are shown one by one with smooth transition effects, just like playing a slide presentation. If you click on an image, it enlarges and the annotation is paused. Finish viewing the image you would be taken back to the annotation where you paused.
I like surfing the net on my TV. Web apps with a TV-friendly user interface and full screen mode is always my favourite (read my blog post about turning a Chromebook into a DIY Google TV). In Qwiki the player control is similar to YouTube. There is a full screen mode, absolutely marvelous on TV.
When the interactive presentation is over, you would be brought to a list of related wiki entries. If you so wish, you can choose to search for this term in Wikipedia, Goole, YouTube and fotopedia. And you get the usual share buttons that are found in all modern web sites.
Basically these are the features of Qwiki. I would say it’s exactly the way Wikipedia should be. Nowadays we internet users expect (and deserve) more than plain texts and still images. Qwiki is a new concept played in the right direction. For those who like reading, Qwiki is definitely something you must try. It takes information to a new height.
Have a look at Qwiki in action: