Jukebox Box! At a time when they all use touchscreens and voice commands, there is something very appealing to simple gadgets. This is perhaps the reason why the handmade designer's jukebox Chris Patty seems to be so charming: it is controlled by cards, each of them printed by the artist and an image from the album.
Dragging cards to the special device you can play the song they are recording.
Patty built the jukebox as a Christmas gift for his father when his family decided to exchange only handmade gifts this year.
He then published a short video of his creation on Twitter, where he received several positive responses.
The developer said he was trying to develop open-source software with instructions for everyone to build his own jukebox.
The design of the device may seem simple, but it is not. Inside the box there is a speaker controlled by a Raspberry Pi, which contains Patty's software. All songs are stored locally on an SD card and play when you drag the corresponding card into the recess.
Patty used magstripe cards (as credit cards) because they were cheaper than NFCs.
Printing the artists' information would be costly, as Patty says, when he ended up printing self-adhesive labels for the front of each card.
This is what it looks like inside. There's a raspberry pi that runs the software, and then just a card reader in the lid. pic.twitter.com/v8QG3ZQAy4
— Chris Patty 👻 (@ChrisJPatty) December 27, 2018
"It has the same gloss as the cards." The cards do not contain a predefined identification code, and the software is configured to associate that code with a specific song.
"My parents have Google home and Spotify accounts, but since I gave my dad this gift, they've used it a lot more than streaming services."