DIY Kitchen Internet Radio using old Android phone

Finding uses for superceded technology rather than throwing it away is a passion of mine. I guess it’s because of my age and living through some tougher times that I reckon it’s always worth trying to extend the life of any ‘tech’.

I only just reluctantly parted with a perfectly fine Panasonic Laser because Windows 7 refuses to play nice and run it, so it got put out front with a ‘Free to a good home’ sign on it!DIY Android kitchen radio

Living down the south coast of NSW has enormous benefits, quieter lifestyle, beautiful beaches and friendlier people – but some things are a bit behind. Take radio for instance. We can only get 2 or 3 FM stations here (and reception isn’t that great) and Digital radio isn’t in our area yet, so I had thought for a while about getting an internet radio for the kitchen. Prices are a little steep however, so I decided to have a go at making one out of an unused Android smartphone which, while too slow for most things still worked fine streaming internet radio.

Here’s the end result. The speaker set had also been sitting unused for ages, I think we bought it on a caravan holiday to listen to music from the phone at a reasonable volume, but the fact that it took 4x AA batteries became a nuisance and we soon replaced it with an $8 ‘sphere’ speaker from Kmart that recharges itself by USB.

The stand was from the top half of an external hard drive bought from OfficeWorks that failed under warranty but getting it repaired meant sending it and the valuable contents to Singapore. Nope ain’t gonna happen! Whipped the perfectly fine drive out and put in in a decent USB drive box and it’s still going fine…

Check out the YouTube video below to see it in action and the steps used to make it are in the description. Contact me if you have any questions about making one for yourself.

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