This challenge inspired me to checkout what Open Data was available. I love Space so when I saw that NASA made their Space Sounds data available, I thought that would be great to use in a Mashup!
How it works
The user selects a Space Sound from NASA's archive. Then the user selects a speaking voice. Finally, the user types a custom message to be spoken. Through the AutoRingtone API, the message is turned into a sound file, using TEXT-TO-SPEECH, and the NASA sound effect is merged into the beginning of that sound file, and it is turned into a custom ringtone for both iPhone and Android or any device that uses MP3 (BlackBerry, Windows Phone, etc.)
Challenges I ran into
Sorting through the many sounds available to find just the ones useful to use as a ringtone (i.e. clear, not too long, etc.)
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I wasn't sure I was going to enter this because there were almost too many choices of data, so it helped when I decided to focus on my passion (space) and go from there!
What I learned
I learned a lot about NASA and am excited to see what other content they make available.
What's next for SpaceTones: Custom Talking Ringtones with NASA Sounds!
I plan to turn this into a Mobile App for iOS and Android!