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Olinda: a prototype digital radio

olinda-broken-in-three-orange-first.jpgOlinda is a prototype digital radio that uses modular hardware that is customizable for each user. It has your social network built in, showing you the stations your friends are listening to. Six lights on Olinda show when a close friend is listening to the radio, using wifi and Radio Pop, the BBC’s website for sharing ‘now playing’ information. Each light is a button: you can tune in to listen along with them, discovering new stations via your social network.

A friend will always appear at the same light, so you can write or draw on the radio to label it, and the lights are bright so you’ll know a friend has started listening from across the room.

Olinda’s hardware interface already joins the base unit with the friends module. By buying extra modules – or by making their own using the open interface – listeners can adapt their product over time, perhaps adding a remote control or recording. The Olinda pamphlet gives a few ideas of where this might be taken.

With thanks to blog.makezine.


May 5, 2008
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