September 28, 2022


Best Technology Perfection

Walkmp3rson Is An MP3 Player Like Sony Never Made

If you weren’t by now perfectly aware, the 90s are like, so hot proper now, and that involves cassette tapes for some reason. (Even although we individually didn’t have a CD player right until 1998, they ended up close to as early as 1982.) But if you really do not dig the excellent of cassettes, or if you’d just instead carry all-around additional than 45-120 minutes value of new music, than [John Edgar Park]’s Walkmp3rson is unquestionably the construct for you. That is pronounced ‘Walkperson’, as in a 21st century MP3-based update of the traditional Walkman.

Inside this remarkable 3D printed enclosure, you are going to come across an Adafruit Feather RP2040 managing the display screen, handling enter from the rotary encoder and these sweet mechanical keyswitches, and of study course, participating in audio documents from SD cards by the amplifier breakout board. And no, this isn’t just an additional MP3 participant — properly, it form of is, but the presentation truly goes a prolonged way listed here.

There are tons of retro-modern day nods, like the cassette reel animation that performs on the TFT screen, the boxy enclosure, and the truth it will involve actual physical media. Oh sure — you get to insert an SD card anytime you want to modify albums/discographies/genres/what ever. In truth, this would be a great use of older, lesser SD cards. You could go all out and make small album art to slip inside of individuals milky plastic scenarios. Check out the quick demo movie right after the break.

Hunting to enjoy your tunes on a microcontroller, but not a enthusiast of the Walkman aesthetic? In June we lined a very similar audio participant driven by the ESP32 that does an uncanny impersonation of a moveable tape deck that you might be fascinated in.