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  • Dock Amplifies iPhone Speaker and Magnifies Display Without Power


    The Hive dock, created by Jake Waitzman, uses no power, or electricity to amplify the iPhone's onboard speaker and magnify the screen to two times its size. According to Waitzman's Kickstarter page, the Hive Dock works by simply placing a "Fresnel lens parallel to the iPhone's Retina Display at a set distance of 4 inches" and "channeling the sound into a concave chamber that projects the sound upward and outward to the listener's ears."

    Of course, the audio part of this has been available for years - the video being the interesting piece here.

    Waitzman is looking to secure $150,000 in funding to cover production cost for the first run of Hive Docks. Waitman and his co-creators are currently accepting pledges at Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter, to the unfamiliar, is a site dedicated to helping start-ups and projects secure funding. Movies, video games, applications, and all sorts of entrepreneurial efforts can be found on the site.

    Waitzman estimates that he will need 3,333 customers to pre-order the $45 device to earn the requisite money needed to start production. If you're feeling generous and don't necessarily want to shell out the $45 for a pre-order you can pledge as little as $1 and earn a Twitter follow as your reward. Or if you sneeze money and have extra rolls of $100 bills toilet paper under the sink, you can pledge $1,999 or more and get the following:

    Twitter follow + Hive t-shirt + Pre-order Hive + 2 additional Hive + 1 of 3 Hive prototypes (limited qty, so first come, first served) + 1 serving of my homemade Chocolate Covered Bacon + An hour with our design team plus initial sketches of your concept + The band Vulture Whale will write and record a song and video just for you.
    Sources: Kickstarter
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Dock Amplifies iPhone Speaker and Magnifies Display Without Power started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. brandoncarr's Avatar
      brandoncarr -
      Sweet. #1? Good work, and good luck.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandoncarr View Post
      Sweet. #1? Good work, and good luck.

      What are you 12?
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      Kinda takes away the portability of the device?
      If your gonna dock it, you
      may as well do it properly!!
    1. asmacumber's Avatar
      asmacumber -
      Quote Originally Posted by skiptowncat View Post
      Kinda takes away the portability of the device?
      If your gonna dock it, you
      may as well do it properly!!
      +1

      Kinda dumb. If you need glasses, get glasses ... if you can't hear it, they've invented these things called "headphones". I see no point in this.

      And I wonder what the guy in the pic is looking at ... he appears to be pitching a tent.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Headphones - there, that's one problem solved.

      I like the idea of the lens, but you can buy them for a heckuva lot less than $45.

      I like the idea so much I think I'll just make my own. If it's easy enough to make I'll just construct them in my house and sell them for less than half the above asking price.

      Kickstarter seems like a great website to get ideas and undercut their creators.
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Just buy an iPad
    1. thepinche's Avatar
      thepinche -
      Are they serious about that chocolate covered bacon?
    1. britcan's Avatar
      britcan -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigliquid530 View Post
      Just buy an iPad
      yep!
    1. asmacumber's Avatar
      asmacumber -
      Quote Originally Posted by thepinche View Post
      Are they serious about that chocolate covered bacon?
      Don't knock it. Chocolate covered bacon is awesome ... just had some at the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, TX about 3 weeks ago.
    1. JoeStorm's Avatar
      JoeStorm -
      That's stupid.
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      I might buy some cheapass jam jar glasses, tape some earphones to them and voila, the next best thing in iPhone a/v technology.
      I'll retail them for 150 bucks but if you send me 50 now, I'll let you kiss my ***!!
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Ho man, that's...

      ...well it's something.

      :-)
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Useful for gaming, I'd love to play Dead space or nazi zombies with it. Don't have to hold it 6'' away from face lol


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. Quaddy's Avatar
      Quaddy -
      how about a similar dock/lens for the ipad, so i can pretend i am actually surfing via a 20" ubertablet
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmacumber View Post
      Don't knock it. Chocolate covered bacon is awesome ... just had some at the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, TX about 3 weeks ago.
      Ya I got some from there, it was really good
    1. therockk's Avatar
      therockk -
      This Honestly has got to be one of THE MOST stupidest things i have ever seen ... i read his entire Kick starter page and watched the video .. This guy says in the description that he would rather use the iPhone with the Hive than buy an iPad .... and how an iPad was pointless when compared to his Hive. Dear god. I mean i was seriously horrified when i watched the video. He suggests that you can take the hive when travelling and use it .....????? Lets see would you take an iPad which with you can do a lot more than an iPhone MINUS the bulkiness of this product. I dont know. IMO this is extremely stupid and whoever would want to buy this monstrosity is just as stupid. My 2 cents.
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      Good idea but the portability I'm not so sure about :P
    1. Jman2499's Avatar
      Jman2499 -
      That's the stupidest thing I have herd about in awile. Why don't you just tape magnifying glasses to your face
      And throw some hearing aids in
    1. jmillermcp's Avatar
      jmillermcp -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmacumber View Post
      Don't knock it. Chocolate covered bacon is awesome ... just had some at the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, TX about 3 weeks ago.
      And they say obesity in America is hereditary.

      I'll agree with the rest and say this invention [dock] is a no go. If you have poor vision, you can buy reading glasses from the drug store dirt cheap.
    1. aidanski's Avatar
      aidanski -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandoncarr View Post
      Sweet. #1? Good work, and good luck.
      Your actually second. OP is 1st.