Fair Speaker


We all love listening to music. All the streaming services are really convenient, but only a small amount of money actually reaches the artists you appreciate so much. With this in mind we envisioned Fair Speaker, a speaker that allows you to donate money to artists while listening to their music.

Course: Physical Computing

Team: Me, Nicholas Armand, Mette Mørch and Monica Seyfried



Just plug in your device, and start listening. You then set how much you want to donate to the artists, compared to how much the usual streaming services pay them. For instance, it is said that Spotify pays around 0.0003$ per min on average. This means that for that artist to get 1$, you’d have to listen to their music for 55 hours and a half. If you don’t think that’s fair, you can set your own rate with Fair Speaker.



The speaker keeps track of how long you’ve been listening and how much money you’re donating. It uses an Arduino MKR-1000 to power all the analog controls and displays on the speaker, while connecting wirelessly to the PayPal API, that is used to send your donation.


When you’re done, just press Pay and the money is sent to the Fair Speaker service, that then distributes it to the artists.

A very small fee is retained by Fair Speaker to cover operational costs and keep the service sustainable.


Additionally you can connect the service to your twitter account, so that every time you donate a tweet is sent out saying how much you donated and to what artist. This helps the service reach more people, while making you look good at the same time.


Enjoy your music. Be fair to the ones who made it.