Some hope that the release of the Pandora may bring about a revitalization of the declining portable console gaming market.
While the decline in the release of new portable gaming consoles such as the Game Boy, Nintendo DS or Sony PSP has had some industry observers questioning whether this particular style of portable gaming is becoming a thing of the past, a new portable console from OpenPandora—named Pandora—could potentially provide a mix of answers.
The Pandora—slated for release in the third quarter of 2010—holds similarities to portable gaming platforms of the past in that it is designed with its particular purpose as a game console made explicit by the inclusion of a traditional console control pad design with four main buttons, a left side directional control pad and dual analog controls. At the same time, the Pandora will differ from the traditional portable gaming console in that it additionally functions as a portable computer—running on a Linux operating system with a CPU engine format of a standard PC—albeit not at the same speed as many of today’s latest PCs.
It is claimed by designers of the Pandora project that the portable gaming system’s hardware will surpass that of all current portable gaming consoles on the market, including the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP. The Pandora is expected to retail at an MSRP of $330.00 USD at the time of its initial launch.
We listen for a moment and then switch stations, we listen for a moment and switch stations, we listen for a moment and then …. There is an aspect to the radio listening experience which creates an insatiable thirst to embark on our daily pursuit of finding that one song or sound we have not heard before and we wait impatiently to be blown away by the notes which come together to create a symphony or medley that will mold an era. This attitude has been fueled by the lack of creativity in the music industry which feeds us the same bands and pop icons singing the same tunes dressed differently. This general disregard for talent has bred a generation of radio fumblers searching for something new, straining to hear something different.
Answering our prayers in technological form is a complicated program called the Music Genome Project founded by three men (Will Glaser, Jon Kraft, and Tim Westergren to “capture the essence of music at the fundamental level”)who decided to draw the line. The Music Genome Project categorizes and exposes music for what it is and always was, it finds similarities between songs in their beats, lyrics, and notes and creates a radio channel suited to your taste. All that is required of you is a “seed” this can be a song, band or genre and the music genome project will search through its database to find suitable comparisons to the seed you have implanted into the system. The program is extremely complex and utilizes 400 different musical attributes to connect songs from all over the world which come together to form your personalized channel.
Pandora Radio Founder Tim Westergren
To utilize the tremendous abilities of the Music Genome Project you simply create a free account with Pandora radio, implant your first seed, and pick and choose your favorites. The Pandora radio will keep a log of the songs you enjoy and those you don’t and you will have created you personal channels while effectively ending your futile quest to discover music to your taste by switching between radio stations in the car or in your workplace.
The great thing about Pandora radio is its versatility. Should you decide to blindly be fed your daily dose of pop culture or delve into the soaring harmonies of opera you may choose to do so. Whatever your preference may be you will find that the music you search for everyday will be patiently waiting to be discovered…