Friday, August 12, 2005
Roadcasting-A New digital broadcasting service.
The Launch of Roadcasting Pittsburgh - Jun 23, 2005 - Touted as collaborative, mobile radio, Roadcasting allows each listener to have his own radio station, broadcast among wireless-capable devices. The system can become aware of individual preferences and is able to choose songs and podcasts that listeners want to hear on their own devices from sources around them.
The developers state that a listener can scan and access playlists from other vehicles within a 50km range and share his audio files with the same network. The service uses a long-range peer-to-peer wireless network in which each car is its own radio station. The prototype runs on an 802.11g wireless network.
Currently a prototype, the system was designed to provide a community-driven, interactive medium. The prototype is the result of a seven-month project at the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute. The project was funded by a major automaker and has a targeted release of 2010.
Roadcasting uses a listener's preferences to make decisions about what a listener might want to hear. The system can read Itunes XML and MP3 data to gather information.
For use in a car, a Roadcaster will need an in-dash interface unit and an antenna. As an added feature, drivers can share information about road conditions and emergencies through the network.
The source code for Roadcasting is available to encourage development. More information is available at www.roadcasting.org.