[backstage] Nabaztags and BBC Radio...

2008-06-16 Thread Andrew Wong
Just wondering, does anyone here have a Nabaztag, and have they managed
to get it broadcasting streams from BBC Radio, eg Radio 1 or 6 Music? 

Andrew, thinking of shopping for one... (this is NOT a BBC endorsement
of a French product, needless to say!)



Re: [backstage] Nabaztags and BBC Radio...

2008-06-16 Thread Adam

Andrew Wong wrote:
Just wondering, does anyone here have a Nabaztag, and have they 
managed to get it broadcasting streams from BBC Radio, eg Radio 1 or 
6 Music?


Andrew, thinking of shopping for one... (this is NOT a BBC endorsement 
of a French product, needless to say!)
I've got one a Nabaztag, but until BBC provide MP3 streams i've got no 
chance of getting it to work.


Any chance something might be announced before this weekend as i could 
bring it along and get it working.


Adam


Re: [backstage] Nabaztags and BBC Radio...

2008-06-16 Thread Sean DALY
I have a first-generation one, and when it works, it tells us the
local weather at breakfast time and blinks meaningfully (e.g.
consecutive blue dots=rain AND wind).

I say when it works, because their server reliability is awful, even
for the clock which is often off the hour or is not announced at all.
It's amusing, but I wouldn't count on it for anything serious such as
playback of phone messages.

To my knowledge the first gen Nabaztag cannot stream audio
continuously, I think there is a 45- or 60-second limit. It is also
WEP only :-(

The new one has a mic, handles WPA and I believe can stream audio. I
saw a demonstration on French TV, parents had recorded their voices as
MP3s and taped RFID chips in their kid's books, if the kid got close
enough to the rabbit it would recite the book.

They publish an API.

hope this helps
Sean
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RE: [backstage] Nabaztags and BBC Radio...

2008-06-16 Thread Gareth Davis
I have one sat next to my desk now as it happens (actually a
Nabaztagtag), although ours is used mainly to announce problems picked
up by our Nagios system. It has been though a really bad period of
reliability earlier in the year, sometimes spending days unable to
contact the Nabaztag server. However the service has been much better in
recent weeks and the bunny has starting waving its ears before we get
the SMS in some cases.
 
I suspect RM and WMA streams are beyond it though. One of our partners
rebroadcasts a syndicated World Service schedule using mp3 over
Shoutcast so this should work if you substitute your serial (MAC
address) and API token (obtainable from the My Nabaztag portal):
 
http://api.nabaztag.com/vl/FR/api_stream.jsp?token=TOKENsn=SERIALurlLi
st=http://vprbbc.streamguys.net:80
 
And before anyone asks: We are also looking into alternative formats and
distribution methods over here at the World Service, in the same way
that James and his colleagues at AMI are looking at alternative formats
to the current Real and Windows offerings. MP3 or AAC over Shoutcast are
on the list of technologies we are considering, but we are a long way
from making any decisions on whether they are appropriate to develop
into a full service yet. 
-- 
Gareth Davis | Production Systems Specialist
World Service Future Media, Digital Delivery Team - Part of BBC Global
News Division
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Just wondering, does anyone here have a Nabaztag, and have they
managed to get it broadcasting streams from BBC Radio, eg Radio 1 or 6
Music? 

Andrew, thinking of shopping for one... (this is NOT a BBC
endorsement of a French product, needless to say!)