RFID record player

Like most of us at Hack a Day, [Bertrand Fan] has a huge collection of digital music that was all obtained through legal channels. Missing the physical process of choosing and playing an album, [Bertrand] built an RFID record player to get rid of the paradox of choice that arises when thousands of albums are at your fingertips.

The records are repurposed Christmas ornaments with RFID disk tags pasted under the label. These records are read by a RedBee RFID reader and sent to a Popcorn Hour media server, but we’re guessing this could be easily adapted to any HTPC.

The only limitation we see is the fact that the RFID chip is hard coded to individual songs. We think it would be easier to have the RFID chip store an album’s CDDB discid, but feel free to leave a comment and say how you would catalog thousands of albums on RFID tags.

We’re a little tired of skipping though our music collection like a portable CD player from 1990, so we’re pretty impressed that [Bertrand] came up with something that would get us to sit down and listen to our Terabytes of FLAC-encoded music. Check out the video after the jump for a demo of the RFID record player.

Comments

  1. Bogdan says:

    simply brilliant!

  2. minipimmer says:

    Cool idea and you can even reprap those fake vinyls!

  3. Alex Parting says:

    Brilliant

  4. alan says:

    Freakin awesome, mayne

  5. abobymouse says:

    I love this, but with “thousands of artists” you’re still left with thousands of discs and RFID tags.

    I can certainly see lots of uses for this – having a ‘record’ to select one of a bunch of different playlists (happy, angry, slow, sleepy, etc).

  6. supone says:

    Looks alot like this one:
    http://roteno.com/?q=RFiDJ_Refresh

  7. zuul says:

    should do half an album on one side,rfid shield in the middle and the rest on the other side so that you can flip it

  8. jim says:

    I would probably print out CD covers and paste the fronts and backs to card. You could scan the barcode or assign it a unique RFID, and keep them in a CD folder.

    Still, this is what ideas like Coverflow are for.

  9. Bill says:

    HA! my parents have a Christmas ornament that does this exactly.

    http://cdn1.iofferphoto.com/img/item/205/161/378/50Ft.jpg

    Based on what fake disk you put in, it played a different song.

    Really cool idea on the large scale. Pretty neat.

  10. bluewraith says:

    Pretty sure I seen something similar on here done with glass coasters that hold a photo of a CD cover.. still something I’d like to do, but alas, I don’t really listen to much music.

  11. James Holden says:

    why not slide the RFID tags inside the LP sleeves and CD jewel cases?

  12. Fauxsoul says:

    I’ve got to say this really doesn’t impress me… if he missed the process of physical selection why doesn’t he just use cd’s or better yet actual records…

    I get the idea and it is kind of cool, just not very practical.

  13. robomonkey says:

    I’m seeing flashbacks to the original “The Time Machine”. Set it up so you have to spin it and a light illuminates the surface during playback.

  14. Oyvind Dahl says:

    I made my own version with bluetooth: http://youtu.be/sYbYqwGzkq4

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