Wanted to build something easy and relevant for us and our friends, not to subvert readings but to aide for the inevitable days when you don't get to them.
What it does
It takes in a pdf and converts it to text for parsing, uses latent semantic analysis to generate a summary of 10 sentences to give the general feeling from the text. It then goes to wikipedia and returns 3 pages for you to look at too.
How we built it
Used Nodejs and Express/Python on the backend.
Challenges we ran into
PDF conversions are messy!
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Made it clean and drag/drop seems clean and works very nicely.
What we learned
To try new libraries rather than try to do everything by hand.
What's next for 5moreminutes
Add in a few more textual analysis features, primarily some form of sentiment analysis and slightly more interesting text data other than the summary.