Microwaves were once easy to use. Set the dial to the desired time and press Start. Then it all went digital and the average microwave now requires between four and six button presses in a specific order just to start heating up. Music players have followed a similar path, and those who grew up in the age of vinyl records may find modern digital media just too difficult to use. To resolve this problem, [ananords] created Juuke, a music player focused on ease of use.
The Juuke has a simplistic interface meant to be as easy to use as possible. Songs are selected using cards printed with integrated RFID tags – placing them on the Juuke triggers playback. The volume is controlled with a single button, and the only two buttons are for play / pause and shuffle mode.
Below, an Arduino Uno is doing the show, connected to an RC522 RFID interface card. Music is handled by the DFPlayer mini, which loads tracks from a microSD card. The DFPlayer can be connected directly to a speaker, but there is also a 3.5mm jack output if the device is to be used with an external amplifier.
It’s a tidy project and actually looks pretty fun to use. Obviously, it takes some time to prepare the SD card and produce the RFID cards, but the end product could also be fun to use at a party. We have seen similar versions before. Video after the break.