January 17, 2014

Build an "MBox" - the childrens' MP3 player

After seeing a commercial MP3 player device for children that was considered to be too expensive, Arduino enthusiast Arons instead decided to make his own. Quite the opposite of the typical MP3 device, his version - the "MBox" has a simple numeric keypad control and uses a typical radio speaker and amplifier for output. This offers a device that can be shared with others and also for the parents to monitor the music being played.

Apart from the enclosure the MBox is simply the sum of various Arduino and compatible products from various sources, working together quite easily as they tend to do. The numeric keypad can either start individual songs, or playlists - and of course its operation can be modified easily in the Arduino sketch.

There's a lot of scope for the enclosure, however you can find all the details including the sketch from Arons' websiteAnd for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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