Scroll By way of ESPHome With IPod-style Click on Wheel

Whilst you’d be exhausting pressed to discover a Hackaday author that feels any nostalgia for the DRM nonsense the iPod helped to introduce, we’ve acquired to confess that we miss that click on wheel. Spinning your approach by way of lengthy lists was a breeze, and the tactile response made it simple to cease precisely the place you needed. Today, we’re caught fumbling our approach by way of contact display screen interfaces that make easy duties like looking for to a selected spot in a track or video all however not possible to do with any sort of accuracy.

For those who too yearn to as soon as once more really feel that refined thumping underneath your thumb, then check out this project from [landonr]. Technically the hand held gadget is meant for use as a wi-fi distant for a house automation system powered by ESPHome, however that’s just one attainable utility for this explicit mixture of off-the-shelf elements.

For those who should, there’s a model with buttons.

Constructing your personal model of the hand held machine is an easy as mounting a LILYGO ESP32 T-Show TTGO, an ANO Rotary Navigation Encoder from Adafruit, and a battery pack to a scrap of perfboard. We’d in all probability look into 3D printing a case to make it a bit much less…pokey, however that’s as much as you. The end result truly bears fairly a resemblance to Apple’s iconic media participant, however with out that pesky walled backyard to carry you again.

As talked about beforehand, [landonr] wrote the firmware with the intention of controlling a house automation system. So there’s loads of stuff in there about turning on lights and such. However there are additionally capabilities for media playback that look very promising. No matter software program you find yourself working on it, one factor is for positive: working by way of the menus goes to really feel like a dream.

We’ve lined a number of different residence automation remotes over time. This good-looking picket mannequin saved issues easy with only a few bodily buttons, whereas this considerably extra whimsical strategy repurposed Nintendo’s Zapper gentle gun.

Because of [Tushar] for the tip.