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THE TINY Raspberry Pi computer is being employed along with music streaming service Spotify to power a "Twitter Jukebox" put together by carmaker Volvo.
The project is part of Volvo's promotion of its in-car voice activated Spotify feature at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and is allowing visitors to tweet songs and artists with the hashtag #VolvoConnected so the track will then automatically be added to a playlist and boomed out at the company's stand.
The technology works via the Raspberry Pi Foundation's mini PC, with a server pulling in tweets using the hashtag and then matching the song selection through Spotify. An external monitor is hooked up to display the artist, song choice and the name of the person who made the request.
@VolvoCarUK is updating the #VolvoConnected hashtag regularly on Twitter, posting "now playing" to let entrants who aren't attending the festival know if their track has been imposed on the ears of attendees.
So far the service has seen quite a varied collection of requests such as Pink Floyd, Jamie Cullum and Rick Astley.
#VolvoConnected Dani Tzukerman Of Dilogent Souls With hairy Balls— Dave McInnes (@DaveMcInnes) July 12, 2013
Those attending Goodwood without a Twitter account are able to add a song selection to the playlist via a touchscreen display, and the tune will be played through speakers at the stand.
Those who make use of the device will also be placed into the drawing for a Spotify premier membership, worth a tenner a month.
Below is a video showing how the project is set up and how it works at the festival, with some people awkwardly dancing alongside it. µ
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