New Zealand: Students Develop Interactive App the Recommends Library Books Based on Emotions
Auckland Libraries is hosting an interactive computer programme designed by young innovators that factored in emotions, weather and time to recommend the best book to read.
All the reader needed to do was push a button at the library, which would trigger a photo to be taken of the person. Then the computer, which used Microsoft artificial intelligence software, would recommend a book based on the information it received.
The project sprung up after the four students won a prize worth $20,000 through Velocity, an entrepreneurial development programme at University of Auckland.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.