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Ipod / mp4 dock station or mp3 server controlled from bed with zero cost

Hi, I would like to listen my mp3 songs on my home theater, but, my home theater is on my bedroom and my computer is on another side of my home. Tired of burn discs, I solved this problem...

I was need anything with continuous power supply, controlled from bed and with sleep function to listen my favorites mp3 until sleep...

So, I made this thing without buy anything.....basicaly I used 2 cables, a old mouse and a cheap mp4 player.....

Sorry my bad english, I am brazilian.

You will need:

1 - Cable - RCA to 3.5mm - ( I found a TDK cable on a old box with a lot of old cables...some cameras come with it and we never give importance)
2 - Old mouse...not slim mouse or mini-mouse...
3 - Little drill like dremel..
4 - 3m double face or any tape like this... but with strong fixation...
5 - Peace of Eva, rubber, or anything smooth...
6 - Glue or hot glue...
7 - Common cable like phone cable or cheap/old speaker cables....
8 - Plier;
9 - mom's hairdryer
10 - mp3 or mp4 player.


 
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Step 1: Where I want listen my mp3...

Picture of Where I want listen my mp3...

Step 4: Use protection glass for cut this...

I don't know how to describe this step, because probably your mouse is different of my unit...and your mp3 player can be different too.. and it can be more or less slim of mine unit...

Step 6: Mom's hairdryer and plier...

Take your mom's hairdryer and turn on it directly on mouse...after some minutes, it will make plastic more easy to bend with plier and don't will broke or fissure...

Step 9: Cable preparation...

Picture of Cable preparation...
Gray cable on the photo is a Brazilian traditional phone cable, I don't know if your country use the same cable, but it have 2 pairs of isolated slim wires..

Step 10: Connections and continuous power supply...

Step 11: Done! personalized, Discreet, Elegant, Small, and the most important: Free!!!

Picture of Done! personalized, Discreet, Elegant, Small, and the most important: Free!!!
I put a one touch function (macro), named "listen mp3" on my universal remote: This macro turn on my receiver, put on aux mode, 6 channel function, and 60 minutes sleep time. :)

Step 12:

wierd idiot5 years ago
All I can say is that I wish I lived in a house like that! Also I thought that was an Ipod. But anyways nice Ible.
Bartboy5 years ago
GOOD.
silx (author)  Bartboy5 years ago
Thanks!
Bartboy silx5 years ago
Although, you might want to add on one of the pictures "Not a real Ipod" Just because some members might think it is some foreign type of ipod.
silx (author)  Bartboy5 years ago
That's true...thanks!
cyrozap5 years ago
Fake iPod? Pretty good imitation, actually.
silx (author)  cyrozap5 years ago
Yeah...but menus aren't so easy like ipod... ipod is more fast, easy, slim, but with the same good headphone, sound quality it's not so different...
cyrozap silx5 years ago
As long as it can play music, it's a good player. I personally have an iPod touch. It was expensive ($200 for an 8GB refurbished), but I can use the Internet, check my email, listen to music, and run applications on it. I'm happy.
silx (author)  cyrozap5 years ago
Here on Brazil a IPOD touch 8gb used cost around $266 (US dolar) - and new: $348
lemonie5 years ago
Have you got a saw-wheel for the Dremel? I find they cut better than the grinding discs. L
silx (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Hi, on instructionable, I forgot english name for "little drill", so I used "like dremel". My unit is good, but, not so expensive like a dremel, it is sells here on Brazil with "fort" name.
lemonie silx5 years ago
Mine isn't a Dremel either, but it looked like you were having a hard time cutting (all the melted-plastic)? (can you see the wheel I've got?) L
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silx (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Yeahh, I can see...black thing is a peace of marble?!! Your unit cut marble??? Yes, it melted a little, but controllable...worst was little hot pieces of plastic flying on my face and chest... on the left is a gift from my fiancee on right is my unit on suitcase ...
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lemonie silx5 years ago
I have exactly the same box (left) - but you don't seem to have a saw-wheel. In that picture the marble is just to rest plastic on. L
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