Darth Beats started off as a Lego mini figure alarm clock, which you can still buy from all major retailers. The Pi Zero W is the perfect size to embed into projects and boasts both WiFi and Bluetooth. The pirates at Pimoroni have created the awesome speakerpHAT, which adds portable audio to your Pi. These two pieces of hardware combined with an old Lord Vader, sat on a shelf gathering dust, equal a winning project,
“Darth Vader MP3 Player – VaderBeats”
The most challenging part of the project, which tested my resilience and perseverance. was fitting all the hardware, (Pi, speaker pHAT, wires, more wires, buttons) into such a small space, which measures only 6 x 3 x 3 cm. I had to use the Dremel tool to remove a lot of the insides and make room for the Pi and other hardware. This was going well until the SD card still protruded too much. The wires also had to be soldered, de-soldered, cut and resized and re soldered to ensure that all them would fit neatly into the space and still work.
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