Radio tagger USB stick

James Cridland,

The BBC’s John Ousby spots an interesting USB key which offers some tagging functionality – albeit for one radio station only:

Plug it in to your PC via USB when you are connected and it brings up a page with details of what you were interested in

See a picture of it in John Ousby’s Flickr stream

The BBC’s Radio Labs discusses RadioDNS

James Cridland,

Nick Piggott and I discuss RadioDNS on the BBC’s Radio Labs blog:

That FM radio in your mobile phone could, if it wanted to, connect to the internet to discover more about what it’s listening to. The DAB radio in that wifi radio you have at home can similarly connect to the web to get lots of information about the current broadcast. And listening to radio on your MP3 player could interact with the internet when it docks to your PC. In short, there are a lot of radio sets hidden within connected devices.

Read the entire post at BBC Radio Labs

RadioDNS in Scandinavia

James Cridland,

My colleague Nick Piggott has been speaking about RadioTAG in Scandinavia. He writes:

James and I covered a bunch of subjects and projects that have come out of radio in the UK – things that we believe are innovative for listeners and advertisers*, and demonstrate how radio can use technology sympathetically to really improve the experience without undermining the core attributes that radio is loved for. So we talked about mi-XFM, RadioPop, Tagging, Visualisation, EPG, Text Information, Olinda – all useful milestones in the timeline of radio’s development.

What we both wanted to emphasise is that not only is it possible for public service and commercial radio companies to collaborate, it’s essential for the future development of radio. Individual companies alone can’t influence the direction of technology (not even the BBC), and consumer electronic companies need to see European sized markets to start integrating radio cleverly into devices. So I hope that what we showed was the practical benefits of Agree on Technology, Compete on Content.

Read his full blog entry