(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)
SCOTT SIMON, Host:
Thanks very much for being with us.
JAY BOSE: Thank you, Scott.
SIMON: So how does this technology work?
BOSE: You simply hum a song to the PC microphone, and out comes the result of the search of the humming, and then you can listen to the song or download it.
SIMON: All right. Well, talk me through this a bit. What's the site I log into?
BOSE: First you would go to www.nayio.com, N-A-Y-I-O. And you will see something on the right hand side which says a new way to search, humming search.
SIMON: Humming search. Okay, so here it is. It says humming search. I've logged in, or I've pressed that button, and humming search - start, stop and search, right?
SIMON: Okay. So what do I do now?
BOSE: So what you would do is, the system expects between 10 and 15 seconds of humming.
SIMON: It says here, just press start button and begin humming, right?
BOSE: That's it.
SIMON: Okay. Well, let me try it. Ready? (Humming) Okay, should we try it? Here's search.
BOSE: Yeah, let's hit the search button.
SIMON: It says "Goodbye" by Jessica or "For the First Time" by Kenny Loggins. Perhaps my pitch is off. Can we try something here?
SIMON: We're going to bring Monica Villavicencio in here. She's our Kroc Fellow. She's a much better hummer than I am. Monica.
MONICA VILLAVICENCIO: Hi.
SIMON: Now, she's learning broadcasting. Which raises the question, why is she with us if she's trying to learn broadcasting?
BOSE: Oh, well.
SIMON: But setting that aside, we're going to have Monica hum the song that I tried to hum. Okay?
BOSE: Fair enough.
SIMON: It's searching. It's searching. You get to read. What's showing up here?
VILLAVICENCIO: We have "Fly Me to the Moo," by Nat King Cole, and another version by Julie London.
SIMON: So why would it successfully pick up Monica's version and not mine?
BOSE: I think that you need to be of a certain minimum caliber to be able to hum. I don't think...
BOSE: ...you met that criteria.
BOSE: And the only reason I say that is because if you are not good at humming, or singing, we actually have a tool available on the Web site, which accurately gives you your grade and teaches you how to sing as well.
SIMON: Jay Bose is the general manager in the United States for Nayio. Mr. Bose, thanks very much for being with us.
BOSE: Thank you, Scott. (Humming)
BOSE: I think you might need Monica again.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FLY ME TO THE MOON")
ASTRUD GILBERTO: (Singing) Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars. Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars. In other words, hold my hand...
SIMON: The girl from Ipanema. And you're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News.
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