When you’d be arduous pressed to discover a Hackaday author that feels any nostalgia for the DRM nonsense the iPod helped to introduce, we’ve bought to confess that we miss that click on wheel. Spinning your manner by way of lengthy lists was a breeze, and the tactile response made it straightforward to cease precisely the place you wished. Lately, we’re caught fumbling our manner by way of contact display screen interfaces that make easy duties like in search of to a selected spot in a music or video all however not possible to do with any type of accuracy.
When you too yearn to as soon as once more really feel that refined thumping below your thumb, then check out this project from [landonr]. Technically the hand-held gadget is meant for use as a wi-fi distant for a house automation system powered by ESPHome, however that’s just one potential software for this explicit mixture of off-the-shelf elements.
Constructing your individual model of the hand-held machine is a straightforward as mounting a LILYGO ESP32 T-Show TTGO, an ANO Rotary Navigation Encoder from Adafruit, and a battery pack to a scrap of perfboard. We’d in all probability look into 3D printing a case to make it a bit much less…pokey, however that’s as much as you. The outcome truly bears fairly a resemblance to Apple’s iconic media participant, however with out that pesky walled backyard to carry you again.
As talked about beforehand, [landonr] wrote the firmware with the intention of controlling a house automation system. So there’s lots of stuff in there about turning on lights and such. However there are additionally features for media playback that look very promising. No matter software program you find yourself working on it, one factor is for certain: working by way of the menus goes to really feel like a dream.
We’ve coated a number of different house automation remotes through the years. This good-looking wood mannequin stored issues easy with only a few bodily buttons, whereas this considerably extra whimsical strategy repurposed Nintendo’s Zapper gentle gun.
Due to [Tushar] for the tip.