2020 project - Card Music Box
2020 project idea
This was my initial project description for 2020.
Project idea - inspiration and description
As a music enthousiast I started to search ideas related to that and found something I liked. It’s a “Card reader Jukebox”.
Not only it can be a good looking device (if made with quality material) but it’s also an excellent and easy way to
- show your music collection to friends
- let them choose something
- let them make their playlist
- interact with the music
- talk about souvenirs (“Do you remember this album / artist ?”)
And without the need for a mobile, tablet or laptop to browse your collection.
It lets you play music in an old fashion way, by manipulating a physical support (cards), just like we were used with vinyls, K7, MiniDisc and CD.
I found a few similar projects using different type of input cards that were worth reading.
Some are RFID based, others are QRcode or even Barecode based.
RFID Jukebox with Google Home (youtube)
François GUILLIER’s blog
La bonne soupe - Project “QRocodile”
QRocodile - Source code
I like the QRcode approach best because the card production is cheap.
Cards can represent
- a song title
- an entire album
- a playlist
- an action (next track in a playlist for ex.)
Exemple of cards used by the QRocodile
A song card :
Some action cards :
I really like the QRocodile.
And the kids seem to like it aswell on that video :
But it connects to a commercial speaker system (Sonos) and I don’t want that.
I’d like to be able to play the cards either on
- an internal speaker
- or my old home hi-fi system
These 2 sources of inspiration will have to be mixed.
Here is a rapid sketch I've made showing the final look I’d like to achieve.
It could be made from scratch or maybe just implemented in a ready-made old speaker.
MusiCard V0.1This is the first model I've made :
MusiCard V0.2I decided to make it a bit more complex by adding sliding doors to the card drawers:
The door will be made out of 3mm wood with partially cutted lines allowing it to retract and bend back in the groove.
I don't know if it will work and tests will have to be made on a smaller scale beforehand just to make sure...
MusiCard V0.3Why not implement some extra manual (physical) controls?
Maybe a third version with
- an "On/Off" switch
- a "Volume" knob
- "Previous" and "Next" songs buttons