New MIT Apps Help Learn A Language While You Wait For WiFi

Posted: Apr 17 2017, 11:29am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
New MIT Apps Help Learn a Language While You Wait for WiFi
WaitSuite opens up new possibilities for "micro-learning," leveraging idle moments like when you're waiting to connect to WiFi or refresh your email. Credit: MIT CSAIL
  • MIT WaitSuite Allows You to Learn a language while you wait for WiFi

Now you can gain great proficiency in a vocabulary while taking a break from Wi-Fi.

We live in an age of extreme communication technology. This technology has virtually transformed the way we process information, handle leisure time and deal with the ever-looming issue of time management.

Despite 5G wireless service being available and instantaneous messaging taking place at every street corner and in every home environment, there is a sense of being overwhelmed by this digital dam which has broken in upon our collective consciousness.

The waiting that normally takes place in between text messages and information technology’s products and services begs to be filled. Today, we finally have the choice to not just sit and wait in a stupid manner everytime the World Wide Web becomes the World Wide Wait.

In order to occupy ourselves with rich experiences in the micro-moments when we otherwise get to do nothing, researchers from MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have created a few applications for this express purpose.

The series of apps are termed WaitSuite. They test individuals on vocabulary while they are waiting for a message to arrive or for their smartphone to connect to Wi-Fi.

This app is a replica of another app called Duolingo which also utilizes those moments when the individual is free to engage him or her in some “wait-learning”.

The good thing about such apps as “WaitSuite”is that they are a part and parcel of your existent tasks so that you can easily gain in knowledge from them as you go about your work.

Through WaitSuite a person accomplishes a lot of learning while engaged in five tasks: waiting for Wi-Fi, pending e-mails, instant messaging, elevator delay and content loading onto smartphones.

One can use the app’s WaitChatter to learn upto four new words per day or even 57 words in a fortnight. This setup even lets users increase their focus on their original tasks which they are handling.

This is because the small micro-moments of learning refreshes them in the same way as water slakes the thirst of a man stuck in the desert. WaitSuite’s repertoire includes such facilities as “Wi-Fi Learner” and “Elevator Learner”.

WaitSuite makes learning a cinch and is the ideal way to engage in constructive activities during the time when one is left with nothing to occupy oneself. It is an interesting method of constantly learning throughout one’s life instead of wasting one’s time in idle pursuits.

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