1940’s Radio/iPhone Speaker by Trent Thompson

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SVA MFA Interaction Design Midterm Project

Construction process:

Got a 1940’s Radio on Etsy.

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Removed all the innards of the radio.
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Sanded and clean out the case.
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Used an AC power adaptor for the amp.
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Bought an pre made amp board that could power 2ch 100W speakers.
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Here’s one of the speakers plugged up.

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Glued up some wood for holding up the speakers in the case.

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Painted the case black (of course).

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Once the paint dried up, I put the speaker cloth and black plexiglass behind the front openings. I then drilled a elongated hole at the top of the case for the iPhone dock. And painted over it.

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Bypassed the power cord using a rotary switch for a nice on & off click to turn the power on and off. And bypassed the iPhone audio output wires to a audio 50k potentiometer. And glued in both the switch and the potentiometer into the case. I then put some “sound proofing” foam to reduce vibration within the case. And set the glued wood in for the speakers. Wired the speakers up to the amp and cut some black plexiglass for a closed backing. Plugged in the power. The speakers worked with the iPhone, which was awesome.

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Here’s the sketch layout of the system…

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So where the failures?

-Better construction overall, particularly on the setting of the switch, potentiometer, plexiglass plate, speaker cloth. Not use Gorilla Glue (Thanks Luke!). And the lack of buffing to the coats of paint.

-Routing power (amp, speakers, iPhone) from a single source.

-LEDs representing volume in some form.

If I were to continue, I would take on the failures mentioned.

Student blog:
http://t2ixd.tumblr.com/

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