Mood Music by julian padilla

Take Solo, the "emotional radio", for example. A wall-mounted device that resembles a large clock, it features a liquid crystal display at its center. When you approach it, the pictograph face shows a neutral expression.

If Solo thinks you look happy, it will play you an upbeat number like Hey Ya! by Outkast. A more downbeat expression may turn up Everybody Hurts by REM.

Your reward for being angry could be a dose of Motorhead.

As well as playing music to suit your mood, Solo's makers envisage their smart radio being able to alter your mood.

How it started

Solo was launched at the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend as part of London Design Festival. The beautifully designed prototype is encased in wood with a bright yellow facade and stripy antenna, that is intentionally approachable, playful and engaging. According to Mike Shorter, senior creative technologist at Uniform, the idea is to prompt discussion around the creative potential of AI technology beyond data-driven service design and towards something more human.

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