Adding Bluetooth to Vintage Headphones @MicrochipTechnology
A great post over on the Pick and Place blog – Jean describes in detail adding bluetooth into a pair of classic headphones. Part 1 describes the design process, including keeping the original manual volume knob. In Part 2, with custom designed PCBs back from China, Jean gets all the components fitted in.
Because I wanted to keep the headphones as much in their original state as possible, without adding holes, I decided to use the original potentiometer for control and volume. This means I had to find a way to detect a press on the potentiometer. For the bluetooth part I will use the Microchip BM62 Bluetooth module. It’s really cheap and has everything already built-in (Bluetooth LE, a serial interface for control, pins for LEDs, a battery charger and an audio amplifier).
Do you build into vintage enclosures or items? Let us know in the comments!
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