| 23 Jul 2019
'Smart' radio to play customised songs for you

MUMBAI: A team of Finnish researchers has developed a new prototype of æsmartÆ radio for smartphones that will provide customised songs to each listenerÆs preferences.

The recommendation engine developed by the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland recognises the userÆs preferences from small actions they perform while listening such as liking a song or interrupting one.

It uses this information to recommend suitable content from the radioÆs archives and other sources.

"We aim to create a user-friendly radio for mobile phones that provides content tailored to each listenerÆs preferences,ö VTT Technical Research Centre said in a statement.

The recommendation engine service utilises speech recognition and keywords to identify similarities between talk shows.

If, for example, certain keywords were mentioned in a programme prior to an action made by the listener, the recommendation engine concludes that the action is related to these words and that the listener likes or dislikes the programme.

The service does not jeopardise the listenerÆs privacy as it does not use the listenersÆ personal information or information about their interests or hobbies.

The service has been developed for the Android mobile operating system but it can be adapted to other platforms too.

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