Play web radio from your phone to any stereo with this DIY project

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:05pm

StereoA new project from Hack a Day and featured by Lifehacker shows how to stream web radio content from your smartphone to just about any stereo system.

The solution involves making a Bluetooth/IR receiver, which requires healthy doses of patience and soldering skills. But if you're up to the challenge, find out more from Lifehacker here and Hack a Day here.

Craft a wireless in-car receiver out of Bluetooth headphones

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 9:35am

Bluetooth headphone hackLifehacker today features a DIY project that converts a pair of Bluetooth headphones into a wireless audio receiver for your car.

That would enable you to stream any audio content -- including tunes from Internet radio apps -- from a smartphone to your car stereo. Perfect if a new Ford model with SYNC is a little beyond your budget.

That said, "it's certainly a lot of work," warns Lifehacker. But if you're up to the challenge, you can find everything you need from Scrapyard Electronic here. Lifehacker's article is here.

Intrepid hacker builds a Nexus 7 tablet into their car dashboard, great for web radio

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 11:30am

Nexus 7 in-car dash hackThe Nexus 7 is the latest and greatest Android tablet and one brave soul has hacked it into his 2008 Dodge Ram dashboard. Android Community calls it "quite possibly the most amazing in-dash entertainment system" they've seen. The tablet can be removed from the dashboard, but while it's docked it can playback media right to the car's stereo.

Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 doesn't connect to the web on its own, so one would need to tether the device to a smartphone or mobile hotspot to stream web radio. But that's no different than the slick OEM options rolling out from Ford, GM, Toyota and other automakers.

Android Community has more coverage and a video walk-through of the hack right here.

DIY project converts a car ashtray into a smartphone dock

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:05am

iPhone ashtray/dockThe cars of tomorrow will likely rely on smartphones for a plethora of features, including streaming web radio. But perhaps your car of today isn't quite up to the task.

You can help make your car a bit more smartphone-friendly with a new DIY project spotlighted by Lifehacker. It's a way to turn a car's ashtray into a dock for your smartphone.

"All you really need for this project is a bit of scrap plastic, an old dock connector for your phone, and a few tools," writes Lifehacker. "When you're done, you'll have the perfect spot to put your phone, no messy cables required."

You can find Lifehacker's coverage here and the "how to" instructions at Instructables here.

Try this at home: Bringing a 1934 radio back to life

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 11:20am

For Friday/weekend fun, take a look at this 1934 Simplex Model P radio that a radio enthusiast "refurbed."

We're no electronics experts here, but it looks like some great Depression-era "tubes & wires porn," if that's your thing! But the end result, say, getting to hear "Call Me Maybe" through a box that looks like it fell off Tom Joad's wagon, may not actually be worth all the trouble.

In which case, we'd like to point you back to an earlier story in RAIN, here, which shows how to install an Android smartphone in an FM radio to make it an Internet "receiver."

Read (and see) lots more J.W. Koebel's blog here. H/T to HackaDay.com here.

Weekend project: Turn an FM radio into an Internet radio with a spare Android phone

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 11:30am

FM smartphone hackIf you've got an old Android smartphone and an FM radio both sitting sadly on some forgotten shelf collecting dust, listen up! Lifehacker today featured a DIY project to "combine an HTC Hero phone with an old FM Radio for a cheap and portable media center."

Lifehacker continues: "The hack itself is pretty simple... this is a great way to put [an old smartphone] to use and get a new little stereo in the process."

Basically the end product is a portable, web-connected radio with a decent speaker. Perfect for listening to Internet radio apps around the house!

Find instructions and more here.

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