A great example of recycling old electronics and working with the Arduino platform is the result of enthusiast Raffael's latest project - an Internet-radio streaming device housed inside a classic Yamaha hifi tuner component enclosure. Based around the hackable TL-WR703N router with OpenWRT firmware, the radio uses a USB sound card to take care of the audio output - and an Arduino Mega is used to create a neat user interface that harnesses the orginal enclosure's buttons and a new LCD module for visual output - as shown in the following video:
This is a great project, and if you can score an old tuner deck from ebay or a second-hand dealer, the entire project would cost less than a new commercial unit. To make your own version, visit Raffael's interesting website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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