The Radio That Reads Your Emotions and Plays the Appropriate Music

I can’t wake up to a beeping alarm, so I make sure that the Bose on the side of the bed is always tuned to 102.1 the Edge/Toronto (natch: it’s my main radio home). Maybe you do something similar. But have you ever been awoken by a song that just makes you feel like pulling the pillows over your head and hiding from the world for the rest of the day? Yeah, me, too.

You could try to program your wake-up music before you go to bed, but who knows what kind of mood you’re going to be in when you open your eyes? If there was only a way to program the perfect music for whatever mood you’re in.

Enter Emotional Radio. Look at this thing and it can tell how you’re feeling. Then it plays just the right music.

Emotional Radio is an AI experiment created by a company called Uniform which uses Microsoft’s Emotions API to interpret how you’re feeling from just a glance at your face.

I’d love to try this thing out. What would it play if you were hung over? Returning from a Walk of Shame? Just awoken from a nightmare? Read more at FastCoDesign.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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