March 25, 2023

When you’d be laborious pressed to discover a Hackaday author that feels any nostalgia for the DRM nonsense the iPod helped to introduce, we’ve obtained to confess that we miss that click on wheel. Spinning your approach by way of lengthy lists was a breeze, and the tactile response made it simple to cease precisely the place you wished. Today, we’re caught fumbling our approach by way of contact display screen interfaces that make easy duties like looking for to a selected spot in a track or video all however unimaginable to do with any form of accuracy.

Should you too yearn to as soon as once more really feel that refined thumping underneath 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 utility for this specific mixture of off-the-shelf elements.

Should you should, there’s a model with buttons.

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 quite a lot 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 operating on it, one factor is for positive: operating by way of the menus goes to really feel like a dream.

We’ve coated a number of different residence automation remotes over time. This good-looking picket mannequin saved issues easy with just some bodily buttons, whereas this considerably extra whimsical strategy repurposed Nintendo’s Zapper mild gun.

Due to [Tushar] for the tip.