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Student team from Exeter University wins $50,000 for music app

A team of students named Colinked from the UK based Exeter University has won the first prize of $50,000 at the Microsoft Imagine Cup for developing a music-syncing application.


The app called SoundSynk allows number of devices to play music simultaneously and has been tested on about 75 devices.

According to the developers, SoundSynk connects phones and other devices via an artificial mesh network that enables the users to play the same song on all devices in perfect synchronisation.

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SoundSynk co-developer Rob Parker said that the technology can be used to create hyper-local social networks.

"SoundSynk is the first practical use of this technology and we are all very excited about its future applications," Parker added.

The mobile phone app is capable of creating a Social Network by connecting phones through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi direct to form a mesh of networks.

In August, the new app is going to be tested at a performance that will be held at the Reading Festival in the presence of about 80,000 people.

The app will be available for all the platforms in August 2013.
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