Everyone’s the DJ with Autonomous Interactive Radio


Reid Bingham and Sean McIntyre, the duo behind Double One Design, created Autonomous Interactive Radio (AIR for short). It’s a Raspberry Pi-based DJ system which accepts MP3 files via email and enqueues them to be played out through the audio output. The project was their work for Interactivos, a ten day arts and technology workshop held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They tried using AIR with a small, low-power FM transmitter as a pirate radio station (caveat factor… maker beware), but they also had the opportunity to try it on a local radio station with the proper license. The code is available to download on Github and more project details are available on their site.
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  1. “They tried using AIR with a small, low-power FM transmitter as a pirate radio station (caveat factor… maker beware), but they also had the opportunity to try it on a local radio station with the proper license.”

    In the United States, the FCC has authorized these “low-power FM transmitters” under Title 47 CFR Part 15 for the general public to use without a license. The described Ramsey Electronics FM25B transmitter is an excellent Part 15 transmitter kit that you not only solder yourself, but Ramsey includes information on how the transmitter functions so you learn while building.

    So, go get your legal pirate radio station started today!

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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