• Small text Medium text Large text
  • Default colours Black text on white background Yellow text on black background

Personal Audio Information Service

Principal researcher

Name: Mike Starling

Contact details: National Public Radio, NPR Labs., 635 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC  20001-3753, United States of America.
Tel: +1 202 513 2484; Fax: +1 202 513 3024
Email: mstarling@npr.org

Website: www.nprlabs.org

Project details

Start date: 01/10/2007
End date: 01/10/2010

Description: This project defines and demonstrates a Personal Audio Information Service (PAIS) - a new mainstream system that expands the lifeline services currently offered to people with visual impairments through audio information services (AIS) by automatically assembling a selection of locally relevant, customized audio content from current AIS broadcasts. The PAIS system combines the established framework of audio information services with the new programming flexibility that is afforded by HD Radio (the new FCC standard for digital radio broadcasting), creating a powerful on-demand radio system that will substantially improve media access for millions of American consumers with print disabilities. The project: (1) develops efficient audio interfaces for selecting, navigating, and listening to content; (2) develops effective systems for tagging, subdividing, and collecting topic-based content; (3) develops and demonstrates a full scale PAIS system in a real world broadcast pilot; and (4) documents and publishes recommended best operating practices for audio information service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers to fully deploy PAIS technologies.

Other organisations involved in this project

Last updated: 11/03/2010