In the near future, I'll post some more images up on my blog /dragonomics. Feel free to check it out sometime =P!
Before I start, I'd like to mention that this was not my idea, the credit goes to this guy. Here goes my debut on Instructables - please have fun =P
What you'll need:
> Cardboard box or packaging box of some kind. (You should be able to open the box without damaging the exterior)
> iPod dock adaptor (the plastic thingy that came with your iPod)
> iPod USB cable (or firewire, if you own an older iPod)
> Duct tape/ tape of your choice (always handy)
> Knife, scissors (for cutting)
> Pen/pencil, ruler
Step 1: Preparing and Gutting the Box
Step 2: Planning the Cut (part Uno)
Draw around the adaptor with a pen or pencil. Please note that you cannot just cut this out, as the adaptor will simply fall right through the hole! I'll dicuss how to sort this problem out the next step (you'll most likely have worked this out - it's not rocket science =P)
Step 3: Planning the Cut (part Dos)
To make sure the adaptor won't fall through, we are going to make the hole the same size as the bottom of the adaptor - ie. smaller than the top of the adaptor. Since it's difficult to draw around the bottom of the adaptor as it's curved, the best method is to estimate it (see the pencil marks in the image below). The ruler helps here =)
Step 4: Making the Cut
Once that's done, test fit the adaptor to see if it fits. Adjust the size of the hole if needed. Try to get a compact fit.
Finally, secure the adaptor onto the box along the inside with tape. Make sure the adaptor is securely fastened onto the box.
Step 5: Unbarbing the Cable
The way to do this is by tightening a rubber band around the release catch of the barbs (see image). Test this by inserting the cable into the iPod and taking it out again. The barb shouldn't interfere and "click" any more.
Step 6: Adding in the Cable
Step 7: Securing the Cable
Once the connector is lined up, use plenty of tape to secure the cable in position (see second image). You don't want it falling out half way during syncing, do you?
Step 8: And There You Have It!
And thats it basically! That wasn't too bad was it? Okay, it looks pretty cheap right now in a cardboard box, so go ahead and decorate it! Print out some funky graphics and cover the box to hide it's humble origins ;) I liked the "ghetto" look of it, so I decided to leave it alone =D
As I have said before, I don't get credit for the idea, I got inspiration from engadget.
I hope you enjoyed this Instructable! Please feel free to comment, (good or bad) =)