September 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

RadioFreeWorld Puts the Web, Conference Calls on your Car Radio

radiofreeworld techcrunch disrupt sf hackathon“Hi, I’m Mike Davis, and I’m older than you,” said the creator of RadioFreeWorld by way of self-introduction at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon this weekend.

His creation creates a radio station for the car that combines audio news from the web, and it’s smart enough to know when you have a business call, stopping your radio programming and conferencing you into the meeting automatically.

“I was totally inspired and I just sat down and hacked out this app in about an hour and a half.” said creator Mike Davis. “RadioFreeWorld disrupts your car radio.”

To do this, it uses speech recognition and text-to-speech to present news articles from the web as audio programs. All of the audio comes through your smartphone, which you have to then connect to your car stereo using your preferred method (an aux-in cable or Bluetooth).

“It can read you the New York Times or Mashable or TechCrunch,” explained Davis, “and you could drop into a conference [call]. It automatically [patches] you in based on your schedule.”

We know, we know, this isn’t a music app. However, it comes close to a concept we can’t wait to happen — “LifeListen,” which would do what RadioFreeWorld does for talk radio, but for music. (To see and vote on LifeListen and our other app ideas, see our Untapped Apps section.)

Read about all of the music hacks from the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon.