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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Car Stereo Than Senses Your Mood

The car stereo as we know it is about to change in a big way. It's been predicted that by 2015 some vehicles won't be equipped with a radio, pulling programming directly from the cloud (check out this article about Harmon's Aha Radio). A little more of what to expect was recently demonstrated by Gracenote at Music Hack Day in San Francisco, as they showed off a technology that could sense your mood and program your music to it.

Gracenote hacked into the vehicle performance data of a Ford Focus (a pretty advanced vehicle it turns out, which I had the pleasure to rent on a recent trip), then fed the outcome or their processing into the car's infotainment system. What you'd get is a different set of songs when you were going over 50 miles per hour from when you had the windshield wipers on, for instance. Once it learns your tastes, it connects the triggers of the vehicle's performance directly to them, so you get your own custom programming built for your driving.

Here's a video that shows the hack in action. Keep in mind that this is still pretty primitive, but it gives you a bit of an idea of what we may be in for in the future.


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Rand Bliss said...

Great. More technology to dumb down our lives even further. More proof we're getting closer to the human passengers and their descendants of the Axiom spaceship in the Disney/Pixar movie WALL-E.

As if the once majestic concept of Music hasn't been cheapened enough since the digital age became soul'less bedmates with rampant commercialism.

Einstein once said, "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."

Anonymous said...

Hopefully it can do more than play various songs triggered by driving needs. Who wants a song started and stopped by speed or lights or wipers?
I'd hate that. Maddening!!


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