Take your holiday snaps to the next level with Royal Caribbean SoundSeeker…
Photos are a truly important aspect of holiday-ing as anyone will know. When experiencing the vacation blues once back home, or when showing pictures to your family and friends they can transport you back to where you were and how you felt at the time. This is something Royal Caribbean know and are also looking to take one step further with their first-of-its-kind tool SoundSeeker that transforms holidaymakers’ most memorable photos into an original, shareable soundtrack, with a video to match.
Royal Caribbean teamed up with experts from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), and technologists from around the world, to create the unique song generator. More than a year in the making, SoundSeeker™ is a groundbreaking, patent-pending digital experience, powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The innovative tool is specifically designed to use machine learning to seamlessly create original soundtracks based on the content of each photograph.
All you need to do is head to http://soundseeker.com/, where you can upload three photos of your choice and the AI will analyse them based on a host of factors including landscape, colour, emotion, backdrop, language and facial expression. SoundSeeker will then turn them into a shareable and unique soundtrack, turning life’s most interesting moments into your very own DJ track that is one of a kind to you.
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“SoundSeeker is the latest proof point of Royal Caribbean innovation and how we focus it on delivering unexpected, memorable experiences; whether that is the Sky Pad, which uniquely combines bungee jumping with virtual reality or live streaming your favourite shows from the middle of the ocean using VOOM, the fastest internet at sea,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer, Royal Caribbean International. “People of all ages crave new ways to share their best experiences on social media. This unprecedented tool allows you to put a completely unique, multisensory spin on sharing those memories – now friends and followers can see and hear your life’s adventures.”
SoundSeeker uses machine learning, an artificial intelligence technique that enables computers to simulate human intelligence and make decisions on their own without explicit instructions. The learning process entailed more than 600 hours in which Royal Caribbean and a team of musicians and technologists reviewed hundreds of music tracks along with 10,000 photos, matching each of the 2.5 million combinations to one of 10 moods.
The AI in SoundSeeker uses Google Cloud Vision to identify objects, facial expressions and colours in a user’s photo by referencing the roadmap developed by the leaders in music theory at Berklee. SoundSeeker then finds the musical elements corresponding to each mood in the photo to compose a genuinely distinct audio and visual photo album. The Royal Caribbean tool is equipped to generate over one million unique tracks, based on custom base tracks, composed exclusively for the cruise line. The customised tracks take inspiration from a wide variety of music, including 90s hip-hop, rock, modern and electronic dance music.