Introduction: Beats Ball

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Want to make a ball that plays music while you bounce it? Follow my instructions to create a fun ball that lets you listen to music without headphones!

Step 1: Gathering Materials

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Gather your materials:

Basketball

Blue Tooth Speaker

Piece of pipe

Tape

Small piece of fabric

Velcro

Step 2: Cutting a Hole and Adding the Pipe

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Trace around your piece of pipe and then carefully cut a hole in your basketball. I used a screwdriver to make a hole and then used scissors to cut the rest of the hole. Insert the pipe into your basketball and carefully tape around the entire pipe. Make sure no air can get through the tape.

Step 3: Setting Up the Speaker

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Carefully slide your speaker into the pipe. I added a piece of foam at the bottom to protect the speaker. Now cut out a piece of fabric to cover the hole. Put 3 piece of velcro around the ball and then attach to the fabric.

Step 4: Connect the Speaker to Bluetooth

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Slide the speaker out of the ball and turn it to bluetooth. Sync your device with the speaker and then put it back in the ball. Air up your ball and your finished!

Comments

legamin (author)2014-05-16

it seems that the new distributions of weight would make the ball a bit 'wonky'. My other concern would be how any of the Bluetooth speakers currently on the market would hold up to the rather significant beating of a 30" bounce onto concrete or asphalt. The tape being able to hold pressurized air long term under the stress of use is, I suppose, entirely dependent on the grade of tape used but from a materials engineering standpoint seems fragile.

Please don't think I'm trying to be mean or beat you up here! In fact I was inspired to use your ideas to create Bluetooth basketball speakers that would simply be inset into the balls to set on my office shelves. It would look cool and be different than what anyone else has! So actually, thank you very much for this creative and cool "sports guy" project. I'm betting that a whole bunch of sports loving guys are headed to Walmart to scoop up some basketballs for their own project!

cports (author)legamin2014-05-16

Thank you for the suggestions! As the creators mom this is helpful feedback for her to adjust and modify her design!

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