Build a VidaBox


VidaBox is a jukebox that using RFID chips to reference to a audio file and stream them.

I build the jukebox for my 3 year old thoughter her name is "Vida". She have Millions (~ 60) CDs and I find them all over the hole hause. 80% of them are scratched and 20% are not working any more.

So the VidaBox is my solution for this problem. She love to choose every evening a figure to hear a bett time storie. Now she cares about her figures and all of them have a place where there can "sleep". Whit the Web version of VidaBox I can show her the CD Titels in my browser and she can choose them and I can referenz the storie to a figure if it not already on it. The VidaBox have several options for example the sleep timer, so I dosnt must go in her room and shutdown the Pi or shut him down over ssh. I build a second one to make this guide for you and I create a local version too so everyone can use it for free and dosnt need a website and server space. But the Website makes it easier to configure and look really nice.

Now it's on you to build your own (child name)Box.

What do you need

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W
  • SD Card
  • RFID522
  • RFID Chip
  • Heatsink
  • 2x LED color
  • 2x LED green
  • USB Sound Card
  • 2x Mico USB plug
  • USB A Port
  • Micro USB Port
  • Switch (optional)
  • JST plug male/female
  • PCB Board
  • 40 Pin 2.54mm Female Pin Header
  • 40 Pin 2.54mm Male Pin
  • Cable
  • Screws
  • Shrinkable tubing

New Scripts:

  1. RFID522 (included in VidaBox)
  2. VidaBox local or Web

Edit Scripts:

  1. asound.conf
  2. .bashrc

Also need:

  1. Micro USB charger
  2. Aux Cable
  3. Amp filter or similar like a radio with aux in (optimal)

3D Printing parts:

  1. Box Case top ~19.87 m
  2. Box Case bottom ~7.58 m
  3. Figure panel ~4.69 m
  4. Figure ~1.32 m

Required is a Raspberry Pi with SD Card and Debian is installed. For the web version you also need a WiFi Connection.

First of all, we build the VidaBox and Connect all what we need on it. Check Out the Video how i so this and use it as inspiration or build it like this.

Time Lapse - build the VidaBox

circuit diagram 3d prints Models

Set up the VidaBox

Connect the Raspberry Pi to your network and starting to updating it

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Now this take a while and you have much time to do everything else like comment this Video :)

OK, now you are hot to do something. We must check If the Raspberry Pi recognizes the USB sound card

aplay -l

In my case have the USB sound card the number 1

Now we can change the /etc/asound.conf script like this

pcm.!default {
    type hw
    card 1

ctl.!default {
    type hw
    card 1

Now we can clone the VidaBox scripts. You have 2 Options now, use the local version or the web Version of VidaBox.

git clone


git clone

VidaBox WEB

(WEB Login is required) Open the conf.TXT and type your login data in to this file.

{'name': 'demo', 'password': 'demo', 'version': '2'}

Go to and set up your Vida-Box and configure your RFID Chip.

Read chip ID

Connect to the raspberry pi over ssh and go to the VidaBox directory and start

cd vidabox


cd vidabox_local

Hold your chip over the figure panel and copy the ID


Open the setup.TXT and Set Up your settings for the VidaBox

cd vidabox_local
sudo nano setup.TXT
['/home/pi/vidabox_local/media/', 'my_Start-Up.mp3', '01:08', '1', '']


This is the path of your media directory. You can also type a path like


This is the name of the audio file that will play after boot, so you can hear if the VidaBox is ready


This is the sleep time, you can use a shutdown time. You can type --:-- to disable it


With this function you can choose if the sound pause when you put the figure from the panel. 1 is ON and 0 is OFF

Upload your Audio files to the configured directory (/home/pi/vidabox_local/media/) and copy the name to the RFIDList.TXT

Open the RFIDList.TXT and type your RFID ID, Figure name and your Audio file name in to it

['8161DA52E83904', 'Figur', 'myAudioFile.mp3'],
['8161DA52626B04', 'Figur2', 'myAudioFile2.mp3']

To start the VidaBox after booting, we edit the .bashrc file

sudo nano .bashrc

and paste the line sudo python vidabox_local/ at the bottom of this file

Now restart the VidaBox

sudo reboot