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.

Build a radio in a bottle this weekend

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:20pm

Radio in a bottle projectIt won't play Pandora (or even FM radio for that matter), but this DIY radio-in-a-bottle project featured by Lifehacker is a great way to spend a weekend. Besides apparently not being a terribly difficult project, the radio also requires no power source.

"Whether you want to build it out of nostalgia, to learn some new skills, or to pass skills on to the next generation, this is a fun and inexpensive way to do it," writes Lifehacker.

You can find their coverage here and the radio-in-a-bottle project 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 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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