Raspberry FM : Project finale
This weekend I finally knocked out the final hardware config for me to consider the “Raspberry FM” project complete. What is this project exactly?
- It’s an experiment I gave myself to combine a Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, MicroRAX, and MPlayer to create an auto-on internet radio player.
- I called it ‘Raspberry FM’ after a combination of the Raspberry Pi, and Soma FM, my favorite internet radio station.
Pic & vid of the final result (more pics at the bottom) :
The YouTube video shows off changing the volume & station.
- Install MPlayer, stream some music
- Configuring MPlayer to play nicely with the Makey Makey, and create custom MPlayer playlists
- Auto-login and auto-run program on Raspberry Pi startup
Final Step: Building the enclosure, putting it all together…
There are a lot of Raspberry Pi enclosures over on Thingiverse ready for printing on my Makerbot Replicator. But I needed something to also support the Makey Makey. I knew I could modify one of those files, but I was interested in trying a different media, my MicroRAX kit. I’d done some mockups with it earlier (bookholder, quad-copter frame), but nothing permanent, and this seemed like the perfect use case. And it turned out great… other than the fact I actually had to have the Raspberry Pi in another enclosure, so that it wouldn’t short-out with all the exposed metal. Luckily I had an acrylic laser-cut case that came with my Maker Shed Raspberry Pi Starter Kit. Had I not had that case, I probably would have printed out a minimal one.
Other things I learned is that the Makey Makey can be driven directly off the RPi’s USB port: No external powerd USB hub needed.
The final hardware setup was thus:
- Makey Makey connected to Raspberry Pi over USB.
- Raspberry Pi powered via wall-wart.
- Raspberry Pi connected to internet via Ethernet.
- Raspberry Pi connected to stereo system over headphone-jack.
- Whole thing wrapped up via MicroRAX.
If I was to extend this project, these are some things I’d think about:
- Switch out the tethered Ethernet for WiFi.
- Hook up a battery-pack and speakers: Make it a portable boom-box.
- Splice in a toggle-switch for on\off.
- Have some sort of better integration with MPlayer & Python, or use some other music player entirely: Have LED’s that represent each station in the playlist that light up showing which one your on, or even a simple LCD screen broadcasting the station name and volume level.
- Hook up awesome fruit to the MakeyMakey to make it a fruit activated radio turner. That one should be pretty easy 😉