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Makerprojects: Getting a toddler to automatically play music on a Sonos with NFC tags

Printing out NFC tags

After using my much loved Sonos Play:5 for a while I started thinking about how I could include it in my Smarthome project. This was before I got my hands on the Vera Lite and before my daughter Ada started crawling around. After watching her fiddle with my iPad and not really getting anywhere with it, except continously pressing the home button to exit whatever game I was trying to get her interested in. It was then I realized that however gifted one sees your own child Ada was not equipped with the motoric skills yet required to start her favourite songs for example on our livingroom Play:5 speaker. I have been itching to try a proper project with NFC tags out as I find the act of making something digital happen through physical interaction fascinating. I realized that physical NFC tags were the perfect way for her to interact with digital interfaces like starting a song she likes on the Sonos speaker. So how do you make this magic happen? Pay close attention after the break!

PS: Aren’t my self printed NFC tags awesome???

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My daughter controlling the music on the stereo with NFC-tags

It worked! Beta tested the setup I made with my daugher Ada and she loved it! I programmed the various NFC-tags with different types of music and let her chose which songs she wanted to listen to. She can control it by touching the NFC-tags to my phone and starting a song. This was also an excuse to play with my new Hero 3 action cam..

How to sync pictures from Android to the iPad photostream


If you are like me and have the combination of Android phone and iPad tablet, and still would like things to sync up nicely between them I stumbled on a solution online after giving some advice to a friend. She wanted to know whether to get an iPhone 5 or a Samsung Galaxy SIII when she already had an iPad. If there is one thing Apple knows it’s how to build a ecosystem that just pulls you in. While the iPhone 5 is an amazing piece of engineering the only thing for me that set the iPhone apart when already having the iPad was the seamles iCloud photo sync feature. Dropbox og Google+ basically already do the same thing, but it is clunky and not as well done as what Apple has pulled off. I figured I wanted to see if this was possible as I wouldn’t mind the feature myself, and voila! There is a way!

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