In an era where everything is controlled by touchscreens, there’s something incredibly satisfying about a gadget with simple, tactile controls. That’s probably why designer Chris Patty’s homemade jukebox looks so charming: it’s controlled by physical cards, each printed with an artist and album art on the front, that you swipe to play a song. Sounds cool, right?
Patty created the jukebox as a Christmas gift for his father, after his family decided to only swap handmade presents this year. He later posted a short video of the creation to Twitter, where he’s received enough positive responses that he’s working on an open source version of the software and instructions so that fans can make their own.
The device’s design is deceptively simple. Inside the box is a speaker controlled by a Raspberry Pi, loaded up with Patty’s software. All the songs are stored locally on an SD card, and they’re pulled up whenever their associated card is swiped. The cards don’t contain any fancy code.
Each one came with a pre-set ID code, and the software is just set up to connect that code to a specific song.
“This is easier to make than y’all think,” Patty wrote on Twitter.