Last night while driving my daughters home from dance rehearsal in the rain, listening to Zeppelin's 'You Shook me', daughter #1 suggests that the windshield wipers should be moving in time to the music. I say, "Why Not?". There are Beat Detectors that can extract the beat from an MP3 file. It is a simple matter of extracting the beat and feeding it to the computer that drives the wipers.

During a hard rain, you'd put on a fast song like 'whole lotta love', and during a gentle mist, a slow bluesey number like 'since i've been loving you' will do the trick. Ahhh... synchronicity. Sure it may take a little extra CPU processing to extract the beats but nowadays people seem to have Plenty of CPU power in their cars.


Of course! Children are so insightful. Also educating them with Zeppeling at an early age is the key to the next generation :-)

Posted by richard on June 18, 2004 at 10:46 AM EDT #

It sounds fancy, however I wouldn't trust my safety in a car (especially in a hard rain) to such chaotic controller for the windshield wipers.

Posted by eu on June 18, 2004 at 10:56 AM EDT #

EU: Well lets do it the other way then. Lets have the car detect how hard it is raining (I think some of those high-end German cars do that), select the proper frequency for the wipers based upon the rain and the car speed, and then delve into your vast MP3 collection and pull out a song that has the proper tempo and queue it up.

Posted by Paul on June 18, 2004 at 11:03 AM EDT #

Coincidence. I was just listening to "The Early Days" last night.

Posted by Sahil on June 18, 2004 at 01:30 PM EDT #

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