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Plynth's camera scans the album cover, searches for a match and then plays the music via Spotify
Plynth's camera scans the album cover, searches for a match and then plays the music via Spotify
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Plynth's camera scans the album cover, searches for a match and then plays the music via Spotify
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Plynth's camera scans the album cover, searches for a match and then plays the music via Spotify
The Plynth mockup shows how the final product might look
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The Plynth mockup shows how the final product might look
LED lights to the front change color when a music match has been made
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LED lights to the front change color when a music match has been made
Diagram showing how the Plynth system works
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Diagram showing how the Plynth system works
The current Plynth prototype features a Raspberry Pi and camera module housed with a 3D-printed enclosure
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The current Plynth prototype features a Raspberry Pi and camera module housed with a 3D-printed enclosure

There are occasions when you might want to listen to some music but can't be bothered – or are not able – to power up the turntable and break out the vinyl. Product developer Jono Matusky wanted a way to play his albums while working in his studio, without needing to keep popping into another room to change sides or set up multi-room streaming. The Plynth is the result.

The device is very much in the prototype stage and has only a passing resemblance to the mockup pictured below. It's built around a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ computer board rocking a camera module, currently housed in a 3D-printed enclosure.

The Plynth mockup shows how the final product might look
The Plynth mockup shows how the final product might look

The user places an album cover in the Plynth, which rests back at a suitable display angle, and the camera snaps a photo, the Pi "dewarps" it and then identifies the album using a combination of the Google Vision API, OpenCV and the Spotify API – the lattermost used to playback the music through a wirelessly paired speaker.

The Plynth won't fit into everyone's lifestyle – it might be useful for people who live in shared accommodation, for example, but not so much for vinyl lovers who live alone in a single room apartment – but it's a clever use of technology and it will be interesting to see how it develops.

The current Plynth prototype features a Raspberry Pi and camera module housed with a 3D-printed enclosure
The current Plynth prototype features a Raspberry Pi and camera module housed with a 3D-printed enclosure

Matusky says that a future iteration promises the ability to match pretty much any image with an appropriate album, so users could have the camera scan a concert poster and fire up a suitable playlist on Spotify, which would widen its usage appeal.

An alpha web application has been developed so that folks can get a feel for the kind of experience Plynth will offer and Matusky is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign later in the year to get the Plynth into the hands of users. In the meantime, the video below shows the latest Plynth prototype in action.

Source: Jono Matusky

Plynth Demo #1

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ChairmanLMAO
i thought vinyl was making a comeback. laziness will prevail.