‘Plastic Player’ uses Arduino Yun, NFC, & PiMusicBox API – and Analog Slides for Selecting Albums!
This is a gorgeous build by Brendan Dawes, that cleverly uses NFC stickers on the back of analog slides of music albums to select that album. Called ‘Plastic Player,’ the entire thing has a retro-future look and feel to it, allowing the user to quickly change tracks even faster than vinyl records while mimicking that act in some regards; also the chassis has a ’70s plastic’ look to it, but is as modern as can be with the Linux-enabled Arduino Yun brain powering the device.
I’m a big fan of digital music, especially Spotify. The ability to dial-up a much loved song I’ve not heard for ages or discover new music are just some of the benefits I never tire of.
Yet the lack of physicality to this digital medium has always left me wanting. I still own vinyl and a turntable and I love the ritual of physically flicking through what to place on the platter and then wait for the needle to drop on the spinning vinyl.
So having had this idea sketched out in many sketch books over the years I thought it was about time I made an attempt at bringing these two things together.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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