Radioplayer to unveil Hybrid Radio Prototype
Radioplayer is to unveil a prototype of a next-generation hybrid radio which brings together broadcast and internet radio on one device with a new, unique, user interface.
Michael Hill, Managing Director of Radioplayer, will demonstrate the 'kitchen radio' prototype at next week's Radio Festival in Manchester in a debate about the convergence between broadcast radio and the internet.
Radioplayer is already talking to leading manufacturers about how to take the prototype to the next stage and hopes this will help act as a catalyst for debate and innovation across the radio industry.
The prototype features a simple colour touch-screen interface with large bright station logos acting as 'presets'; 'now playing' information appearing with a tap of the finger and a large canvas available for stations to populate with 'slide-show'-style visuals.
The radio automatically selects the strongest broadcast signal for each station, switching to an internet stream if the broadcast signal deteriorates. This process is transparent to the user and is powered by 'RadioDNS', another industry collaboration which aims to act as the hybrid 'glue' between broadcast radio and the Internet.
Radioplayer, the non-profit partnership between the BBC and commercial radio, has already launched a common interface for internet listening via desktop and mobile apps, and hopes to bring Radioplayer to the 'kitchen radio' too.
Michael Hill, Managing Director of Radioplayer said: "The future of radio isn't FM or DAB or Internet - it's all of them, working together seamlessly. But that doesn't mean radios have to be complicated. We built this prototype to show that they can be powerful AND simple".