We can all appreciate a handmade gift, but this is on another level.
Designer Chris Patty was challenged by his family to create something that wasn’t store-bought, and so he made a nifty jukebox for his dad this Christmas.
It’s no regular jukebox, obviously: To play songs, you pick a card — which features a song title and the artist it’s by — and swipe it in the slot on the box. Patty posted a video of the jukebox in action back on Dec. 27, which soon went viral on Twitter.
Patty told The Verge the interest in his jukebox might speak to the fatigue of having unlimited choices at your disposal, thanks to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
“There’s something about the limiting factors of physical media that force you to choose … the music that is most meaningful. And that kind of curation, I think, is something we all deeply miss,” he told the publication.
Printing artist information directly onto the front of the cards cards would be expensive, Patty says, so he ended up printing glossy labels and then adhering them to the front of each card. “It’s the same sheen as the cards so you actually can’t even tell,” he says. The cards don’t contain any fancy code, either. Each one came with a pre-set ID code, and the software is just set up to connect that code to a specific song.
My parents own a Google home and have Spotify accounts,” Patty says, “but in the days since I gave my dad this gift, it’s been used far more than their streaming services.”
For those wondering how to make your own, Patty promises to put together a detailed tutorial soon. He’s given some details on what’s under the hood, revealing that it’s powered by a Raspberry Pi box which is hooked up to a card reader.
The lid is made out of oak, while Patty created custom software to make the cards. Just drop in a Spotify link and it’ll retrieve the album art and track information.