Search has dominated much of the “internet” world for many years now. Between Google, Yahoo, and the many attempts to create a new search engine that brings something more to the table, none have knocked the top dogs off their post yet. Recently a new attempt at a search engine has hit the market at the hands of Mobento. Mobento’s new search engine not only finds videos where words you search for are spoken, but it also shows you a timeline within the video where phrases and words are used inside the video.
What is Mobento?
Mobento was started by Sumner Murphy in 2011 consisting of 3 developers and a designer to build the website Mobento.com. The site contains 250 videos ranging from Stanford lectures, TED, and Khan Academy that are all used within the engine.
How does Mobento Work?
This technology uses a completely automated translation system as well as machine-generated indexing to extract words from the video. They claim that with a high quality video they can claim up to 90% of the spoken words and they expect much improvement in the near future. For an end user it works exactly as they say. A search for the term “mobile” brings us here. Before you wonder, yes the blue lines under the slider are locations of the term “mobile” and yes when you click on them it does take you to the spot in the video where the term is spoken. This will have many mobile developers excited as they contemplate the possibilities of the new technology.
Benefits of Mobento
This kind of search is certainly not a brand new technology; Mobento has simply taken it to the next level. There are some massive benefits to this kind of search however.
Previously if you were looking for a specific segment in a video you would have to watch the whole thing or at least scroll around until your find it. This can be very troublesome when dealing with long lectures and the like. With Mobento you can simply type in a phrase you are looking for or are spoken near what you want to watch and it will narrow it down significantly for you.
With the ever increasing demand for mobile and the use of videos, finding a better way to sift through videos in a more efficient way is huge. We are all about functionality and the ease with which things work in this new age, and streamlining this process is brilliant. It can reduce a two hour search for one 10 second clip to a few minutes at most.
Growth of Mobento
While this revolutionary step in search is great, Mobento only searches a specified database of videos that they have selected. This isn’t really an issue as they can and will add to it, but for now it limits the functionality. Their focus is on a “less-is-more” approach in the video archive, only allowing top videos on a subject through rather than massive amounts of content that varies in quality. Mobento has high standards and from that you can expect high quality results as they add to their video library.
What this means for Mobile Developers
With a new, high quality, search engine that offers only the best quality in content, you can expect that mobile developers will be looking to use this in video related apps. Youtube offers a similar library of videos and there are many apps out there that use it to meet their needs, it wouldn’t be surprising to see similar functions out of Mobento.
Personally I think that this technology, while not exactly brand new, is something that has been sorely needed in recent times. Many an hour have I spent digging through videos only to find the small segment I wanted or to even give up. Looking at this technology I can only get excited thinking of the applications of such a concept in the future. Mobile Applications and mobile developers all over have to be as excited as I am.
Mobento may not be the future of search, but it could very much so have a huge impact on select applications and truthfully who knows where it will lead us. Could this technology lead to real time translations of videos and movies? Could it power a search that goes beyond words? Could it be twisted in with a voice search function similar to Siri to deliver high quality search results? The mobile world is every changing and I for one am excited to see where Mobento leads us.