Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Well there has been another uptick in XPod press. The meme started in Electronic Musician Magazine. It was picked up by MetaFilter. That lead to an article in Newsday. The Baltimore Sun has come out to interview me. There should be an article in the Sun about recommendation systems.

A short post was placed on MobBlog maintained by the University College London.

A MOG user picked up the story and posted it to their blog. They pointed out an interesting study a that showed that music can affect human physiology. Those studies give credence to Zary Segall's original idea of XPod as a device that would control a users mind and mood. For the time my development goes the other way around, the user mood controls the device.

Here are a few posts about xpod in a languages that I cannot read:

A couple more posts about XPod

Friday, March 10, 2006

A lot of the coverage of this paper has focused on the machine learning piece of this project. I am glad because I think that is actually the most interesting part of the project. The idea came from the way I listen to MP3's. I don't like playlists, so I just put my player on random and skip songs that I don't want to hear. This whole project is really a way for me not to have create playlists.

The neural network component of XPod did not perform as well as I would have liked. I am now replacing the neural network with a support vector machine. SVM's are the cool new kid on the machine learning block. I don't know much about them, but they seem to out perform almost every other algorithm. XPod will be reworked for my machine learning class. This class has a good track record for success. Last semester a student created a very successful sblog detection scheme that is now being perused by major blog search engines.

There has been a lot of discussion of XPod in the blogosphere, so I decided to setup a blog dedicated to just it. If you are going to reference XPod please point to this page.

Here are a few of the blogs that have mentioned XPod:
The Ebiquity Blog
Smart Mobs
Live Science
Pasta and Vinegar
Positive Technology Journal
The Mind Boggles
The Knowledge Collective
Mind Power News and Again
My Venting Space
Corneel is Online
Hunter's Nest

En Espanol

Several blogs republished these posts. For now I will not reference repostings. I know there are more, but I am tired of searching.

CNN came to our lab to interview us and see a demo. The film is in but I don't know when it will go live. When it is posted I will put that up here too.