Pluggd’s State of the Union Address

We’re not here to write about the State of the Union speech per se (enough other bloggers have done that), but rather to mention a cool new technology that’s been applied to the Bush speech. A company called Pluggd, using "HearHere technology," now gives you the ability to search audio and video files just like you would the web. Confused? Let us explain. Take a look at Pluggd’s State of the Union SMACKDOWN! and you’ll see what looks like a standard, web-based audio/video version of the speech. So far, no big deal. Now, type the word "education" in the search box and look at the color meter that sits next to the play button. The orange/red color indicates the most relevant moments when the president deals with education. Simply click on "hot zones" and you’ll cut right to the chase.

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