I think I’m one of the few people that still bothers to plug in the radio in my home. Most people don’t bother having a dedicated home radio to listen to anything. They either listen to the radio in their car, or just don’t bother, and only listen to songs from their mobile devices. The mobile landscape has changed everything, and it gave me an idea. I got in touch with a mobile apps developer in Singapore to help me bring my idea into the real world. My idea was to take the local radio stations that people weren’t listening to for whatever reason, and put them on the phone.
Once the radio stations are accessible from the phone, people will be able to hear them again without the need for a dedicated device. Their phone already acts as an all in one device, so they might as well use it for playing something that is already completely free. In order to provide the radio to everyone, I had to set up a series of radios that would pick up each local station. These radios were stored in a room with a computer and server with them. The computer would pick up the audio signals from the radios, encode them, and then stream them through the server.
The app communicates with the server whenever anyone connects to it through their phone. The app has a menu with all of the available stations. There is an option to customize the look of the app to replicate a look of a classic radio dial. The radios that are hooked up to the server have quality parts, so there is no static on the app. The app can also detect when an important alert is being played, and even record radio broadcasts to the user’s storage card.