Project Jukebox

The old design

Last year there was this hype around the RFID music player created for elderly people. As usual, I read the article, that the Lazy Tinkerer Me is seemingly not able to find anymore, and I almost forget about it. Then you know Christmas comes and I started thinking about presents for my family members. Now I like to give personalized gifts as I feel like these are nice occasions to remember how important is our family for us.

Given my grandma is having issues with using modern electronics (she even have problems tuning in the radio from time to time), I decided to do my own version of this music player. Furthermore, she is always keen on receiving new family photos and pictures. So I decided to bring that project to the next level and create a full-fledged RFID governed jukebox.

Creating the frame for the jukebox

So I set out to build something that is capable of showing pictures. Now the problem is that her eyesight is not the best, so I decided to go with a 10-inch display I brought off Alliexpress so that I get a bigger display area than the usual 7-inch displays used for raspberry pi.

Furthermore, I wanted it to be able to play decent music, display the song being played/image being shown on a dot matrix display so that she sees what is being played. And of course: she cannot live without a radio, so I wanted to have something that’s capable of radio playback too.

If you want to do that many things except some cable mess 😉

Now I need to apologize as I started this project way before I decided to start doing this blog. This means that I will be sharing blueprints and details in a “post-mortem” approach. This also means that I can reflect on the issues I had with my original design and how the project changed over time.

In the next post I am to share what components I did use for the hardware part including schematics for Raspberry PI 3, then move on to programming the whole thing.