The Raspberry Pi Zero W is an incredible bite-sized linux computer that opens the door to so many cool projects and possibilities. I thought it’d be cool to make a Spotify streaming radio, but with a bit of flare. The goal is to make it look like a retro radio with working knobs that displays the album art of the song that’s currently playing.
As for the radio design itself, I saw the 1938 Emerson AX212 radio, and thought that it was a very unique design, and the clock face would make a perfect location for an LCD screen. Since I don’t have an AX212 on hand, I’ll need to design and make one of my own. It’s an ambitious goal, but let’s see how close I can get.
Adafruit Perma Proto Bonnet Mini Kit: Design your own Bonnet or pHAT, attach custom circuitry and otherwise dress your Pi Zero with this jaunty prototyping Bonnet kit! (read more)
1.8″ Color TFT LCD display with MicroSD Card Breakout – ST7735R: This lovely little display breakout is the best way to add a small, colorful and bright display to any project. Since the display uses 4-wire SPI to communicate and has its own pixel-addressable frame buffer, it can be used with every kind of microcontroller. Even a very small one with low memory and few pins available! (read more)
Adafruit I2S 3W Class D Amplifier Breakout – MAX98357A: Listen to this good news – we now have an all in one digital audio amp breakout board that works incredibly well with the Raspberry Pi! If you’re looking for an easy and low cost way to get you digital sound files bumpin’ then the MAX08357 I2S Amp Breakout is for you. It takes standard I2S digital audio input and, not only decodes it into analog, but also amplifies it directly into a speaker. Perfect for adding compact amplified sound, it takes 2 breakouts (I2S DAC + Amp) and combines them into one. (read more)
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