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05-02-2011, 10:12 AM #1
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.
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 05-02-2011 at 10:24 AM.
05-02-2011, 10:47 AM #2
Sweet. #1? Good work, and good luck.
05-02-2011, 10:49 AM #3
05-02-2011, 10:55 AM #4
Kinda takes away the portability of the device?
If your gonna dock it, you
may as well do it properly!!
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05-02-2011, 11:11 AM #5
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05-02-2011, 11:16 AM #6
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.
05-02-2011, 11:19 AM #7
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05-02-2011, 11:21 AM #8
Are they serious about that chocolate covered bacon?-thepinche
05-02-2011, 11:21 AM #9
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05-02-2011, 12:05 PM #12
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 ***!!
05-02-2011, 12:30 PM #13
Ho man, that's...
...well it's something.
05-02-2011, 12:32 PM #14
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
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05-02-2011, 01:28 PM #15
how about a similar dock/lens for the ipad, so i can pretend i am actually surfing via a 20" ubertabletiDevice-less, for once. flirting with Andy Roid atm, looking to rekindle romance if the right handset comes along
05-02-2011, 02:26 PM #16
05-02-2011, 02:33 PM #17
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.
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05-02-2011, 03:11 PM #18
Good idea but the portability I'm not so sure about :P
05-02-2011, 03:57 PM #19
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
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05-02-2011, 04:06 PM #20