I Want One: Man Makes Card-Reading Mini Jukebox For Father

January 4, 2019


OMG, you know darkness too?!

This a short video demonstration of the custom wooden jukebox that designer Chris Patty built for his father. It works via a magnetic stripe card reader attached to a Raspberry Pi, which identifies the unique song card that was swiped, and plays the corresponding song. It looks like Chris made a fair amount of song cards too -- that's nice. The bar I always go to has one of those internet jukeboxes that will download almost any song, so I got the app (AMI Music) on my phone and play all the songs I want to hear but nobody else does without having to go up to the machine, so nobody knows it was me who played them. They get SO ANGRY. It brings me so much joy, plus I feel like a spy!

Keep going for the short demonstration, and you can go HERE to sign up for updates about the project if you want to make one yourself in the future.

Thanks to hairless, who agrees nobody works a jukebox like The Fonz.

  • Bling Nye

    So he started rockin', ain't never gonna stop
    Gotta keep on rockin', someday gonna make it to the top
    And be a juke box hero, (got stars in his eyes) he's a juke box hero
    He took one guitar (juke box hero stars in his eyes)
    Juke box hero, (stars in his eyes) he'll come alive tonight

  • GeneralDisorder

    I had a friend from way back (I've known him since elementary school) who somehow acquired the nickname Juicebox. Every time I hear Jukebox hero I change it in my head to Juicebox hero.

  • James Mcelroy

    cool, but why?

  • Maybe his dad isn't great with technology and he thought this would be an easier way for him to play the songs he likes? My dad loves that I put all of his songs on a single MP3 player for him, but hates the tiny buttons, so I put together folders with weird classifications that he can play on repeat/shuffle to avoid pressing them that often.

    Or this guy just thought his dad would get a kick out of it...

  • James Mcelroy

    yeah, a bunch of tiny cards to shuffle through is way better. I'm not saying it's not cool. It's very cool. Just seems like a lot of effort to make something that takes a lot of effort (relatively) to play a song.

  • The_Wretched

    Pandora requires you to log in and type and have a computer.

  • James Mcelroy

    like a raspberry pi?

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