At a time when everything is controlled by touchscreen and slash commands, it's something incredibly satisfying about a gadget with simple tactile controls. It's probably that designer Chris Patty's homemade jukebox looks so charming: it is controlled by physical cards, each printed with artist and album art on the front, which you swipe to play a song.
Patty created the jukebox as a Christmas present for his father, after his family decided to change handmade gifts this year. He later wrote a short video of the creation to Twitter, where he received enough positive responses that he is working on an open source version of the software and instructions so that fans can make their own.
"I think [the response] is talking to a common dissatisfaction with today's music services," Patty The Verge said in an e-mail. The unlimited libraries of Apple Music and Spotify less expensive experience, he says. is something about the limiting factors in physical media that forces you to choose … the music that is most meaningful. And that kind of cure, I think, is something we all deeply miss. "
The device design is misleadingly simple. Inside the box is a speaker controlled by a Raspberry Pi, uploaded with Patty's software. All the songs are stored locally on an SD card and they are pulled up when their associated card is swiped. [1
Printing artist information directly on the front of the cards would be expensive," said Patty, so he ended up printing blank labels and then adding them to the front of each card. " shine like the cards so you can't even tell, "he says. The cards also contain no fancy code. Each came with a preset ID code and the software is just set up to link that code to a b estemt song
"This is easier to do than you think," Patty wrote on Twitter.
Patty says he came up with the gift because he believed that a "tailor made physical music collection would be a meaningful gift". He already does programming work so that the hardest parts of the building unit ended up being more related to their physical elements, such as designing a cabinet that could also house the cards. He plans to create a digital design of the house that people can 3D print their own.
"My parents own a Google home and have Spotify accounts," says Patty, "but in the days since I gave Dad this gift, it has been used far more than their streaming services. "