IT Firm Satyam Developing Mood-Sensing Car Stereo

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
it firm satyam developing mood sensing car stereo

In yet another technological answer to a question nobody is asking, Indian IT firm Satyam is developing an in-car entertainment/connectivity platform which will choose your music for you based on a proprietary "mood sensing" technology. The development is part of Satyam's "dot auto" initiative, which combines GPS navigation with internet access, video conferencing, social networking, electronic money transfer as well as other applications which have no business in an automobile. The wildest promise by far of the hardware-software development is the "mood-sensing" stereo, which will respond to the number of passengers and the destination input into the navigation system. Satyam R&D chief Venkatesh Chandrasekaran says that, for example, "the system would detect if a driver had passengers and was heading downtown, and perhaps cue up some party music. On the other hand, if the driver is on his own, the system will not cue up 'sad, moody music.'" Because who wants to drive by themselves while listening to "Everybody Hurts?" Chandrasekaran expects the system to be market-ready in 16 months, and the company is already talking with potential customers in the auto and broadband fields. We look forward to hearing our stereo sing "A Bicycle Built For Two" in a pathetically diminishing voice as we pull out its memory chips out sometime in the next few years.

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  • N Number N Number on Apr 23, 2008

    So "Everybody Hurts" and other such music is out of the question in this application. It plays upbeat party music when with friends going downtown and it won't play sad music when alone, so when will it play sad music? The only time I listen to sad music is when I'm alone. I wonder if it will play a Carter Family version of "Will the Circle be Unbroken" if you punch in a cemetery into the nav system. In yet another technological answer to a question nobody is asking -So true.

  • PwrdbyM PwrdbyM on Apr 23, 2008

    Let me guess, this is going to show up in a Chrylser product so they can advertise the hell out of it just like their cooled/heated cup holders and stereo USB connections. Too bad there is nothing else about the car that is good. People that buy cars for gimmicks like this are well....people who buy Avengers.