Taken from a prompt I found while looking for design exercises, this one stood out to me because of my love for books. Just as the prompt points out, audiobooks are on the rise, which is disheartening for a person who loves the physicality, feel, and personalization of books.
Audiobooks and podcasting are the fastest growing audio segments on mobile. Users who listen to audiobooks don’t enjoy the benefits of dog-earing pages, highlighting excerpts or leaving notes on their favorite pages… they also lose the nostalgic aspects of owning a book and watching it age. This leaves a lot to be desired from the audio experience on mobile.
Design an Audiobook or Podcasting mobile app that is highly personal, highly interactive and with the ability to bring even more utility to the user than a book ever could.
Constraint: All suggested technologies need to exist, or have the ability to realistically exist within the next 6 months.