Projects that you can do yourself, i.e. the so-called DIY are still very popular. This is especially visible on crowdfunding websites, where such solutions often achieve the greatest success. This category includes the Tangara music player, which debuted some time ago on the Crowd Supply website. The amount collected is higher than the creators’ assumed goal by as much as 1,544%, although the whole thing looks like an Apple iPod prototype.
Tangara is a rather unusual music player project that focuses on its openness – both in terms of software and design. The collection on Crowd Supply has already been very successful, but there is still time to support the device.
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Looking at the device itself, we can get the impression that we are dealing with a school project of several students who decided to create their own music player. The casing was printed on a 3D printer, and the overall device looks like an early prototype whose appearance refers to the above-mentioned Apple iPod player. However, this is precisely where the strength of this solution seems to lie. The creators’ goal was to collect 10,000. dollars, while so far Tangara can boast of receipts of $154,454, and there is still over a month left until the end of the collection (until March 14, 2024).
|Xtens LX6 (2 x 240MHz)
|ESP32-WROVER-E + SAMD21E18
|Wi-Fi 4, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
|1.8″ 160 x 128 px, TFT
|Connectors, ports and slots
Audio-Jack 3.5 mm
microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
|Supported audio formats
|WAV, MP3, FLAC, GOG, Opus, Vorbis
|Up to 20 hours
|Cirrus Logic WM8523 DAC
|Dimensions and weight
|54.7 x 101 x 22 mm / 150 g
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The creators intended the device to be a full-fledged player that supports all the most popular audio formats. Of course, we can count on a 3.5 mm Audio-Jack port and a DAC converter. We can easily connect our headphones to the device via Bluetooth. When it comes to the system, it was decided to use open-source software written in C++. The control is done using a touch-sensitive round panel, which is well known to fans of old Apple devices. Since the entire project can be classified as a DIY idea, the casing and all the elements can be easily replaced. The weak link may be the standard TFT display, as well as the price itself, which is currently $249 – a lot considering what we ultimately get. In order to “make a purchase” (possible until the end of the collection), we should go to this page. Shipping is scheduled for September 14, 2024.