DQMusicBox

My dad could no longer operate a CD player or iPod. But he could use the music player that I designed and made for him, because it operates like a familiar two-knob radio. I was inspired to make this by the documentary Alive Inside which shows the profound joy felt by some people with dementia when listening to their favorite music.

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My Dad using an early prototype, immersed in Beethoven

It is easy to make one — good project for kids! I went through several revisions, making it simpler each time. Everything I did (e.g. software, wood case design) is open source. You can order the parts online from Amazon etc. for ~$95, including the pre-cut pieces for the wood case. No soldering. A 13 year old can probably do this with minimal assistance. Younger kids with more assistance.

Step by Step Instructions with Photos

Ross Porter

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