‘Music brain’ queues up perfect tracks to get you laid

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The Prizm smart music player thinks it knows what you want to hear, no matter what you're doing.
The Prizm smart music player thinks it knows what you want to hear, no matter what you're doing.
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Cult of Mac CES 2016 full coverage Music can set the mood for everything and the Prizm, a new music player described as “the music brain,” is hoping to reinvent the way we listen to music.

It listens to sounds in the room you’re in and identifies who’s in the room, then selects the perfect track for the situation. Lots of people making noise late at night? Prizm thinks it’s party time and plays techno music. Nothing but heavy breathing or kissing sounds? It’s time for some Barry White.

Among music players, the Tefifon never found its groove

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The Tefifon player never found commercial success and mostly existed in the former West Germany.
The Tefifon player never reached commercial success and mostly existed in the former West Germany.
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The history of music is full of stories of inventors – from Edison to Apple – trying to improve the listening experience. Even formats and devices that became obsolete, such as 8-track tapes or iPods, have a lasting place in the soundtracks of our growing up.
 
There were also interesting ideas that flopped. Such is the category reserved for instruments like the Tefifon. If you haven’t heard of the Tefifon, then that means you probably didn’t grow up in West Germany during the 1950s and 60s.

Imagine if the 8-track tape and a vinyl record could produce offspring. The music player’s cartridge known as a Tefi would be it.