Using a Raspberry Pi, RFID tags, man builds audiobook player for his nearly blind grandfather

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Putting different connected technologies together for individual purposes isn’t just for the geeks any more: we’re now in an age where the ability for a mainstream consumer to hack or tweak an electronic device is seen as a positive feature. That enables people to create their own devices on an as-needed basis, which is a very powerful concept.

raspberry pi audiobook reader inside

Take the example of Willem, who wanted to find an audio-book player for his 93-year grandfather who is now nearly blind. Willem originally considered an iPod touch for the player but realized it would be difficult for his grandfather to control, even with Apple’s accessibility features built into iOS. So what did Willem do? He built his own audiobook player using the highly extensible Raspberry Pi module.

The Pi is the brains of the device: It’s the computer that plays back MP3 files of audiobooks. It also connects to the web to…

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