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Imagine Cup: soundSYNK for Windows Phone Plays Same Song in Harmony on Multiple Devices

May 29, 2013 1 Comment

With Microsoft’s Imagine Cup going into full gear and 305 young innovators advancing to the worldwide finals, some apps are standing out from the crowd. Yesterday we saw how the medical field can be re-imagined with the help of Windows Phone and NFC enabled wristbands in hospitals. Now we take a look at an awesome app that can transform music coming from a phone to many speakers around a room using phones and laptops in the area.

Team Colinked, a team of four (pictured above) came up with the great idea of using bluetooth to link and network multiple Windows Phones and other devices so that they all play a song in harmony. This turns the group of devices into almost a surround sound like atmosphere.




We’re developing a new networking system, its called Colinked, and this network connects through bluetooth/wifi/wifi direct, it is a completely new approach to a form of mesh networking! This network allows us to send data between devices and overcomes the current bandwidth limits, which would of stopped us sending music streams to more than 4 devices. Eventually we are going to license this advanced technology so anyone can use it with ease! soundSYNK uses the Colinked network, and on-top of it we’ve developed a number of clever syncing technologies. We use these to ensure that the music is all played together in harmony, this all works through known delays and pre-determined time intervals, as well as dynamic adjustment from transmission rate timing and even tick level syncing depending upon the latency of devices caches, we wanted the SYNK to be perfect regardless of platform, device, or environmental effects.


You can read more about their project here and hopefully you will be seeing a link to their app on our site soon enough.


via Microsoft

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