Do you have an older car that does not have those fancy hands free systems, that let you talk on your phone and have it play through your stereo system while driving? Or do you have one that for some reason does not seem to work with your phone no matter how many times you take it to the dealer and your cell phone company? Well with this simple and very cost effective hack, those problems are problems of the past.
Let me introduce myself, I am a tinkerer and have been for as long as I can remember. Growing up we weren’t the richest family on the block, so when I would think of things to make I had to find ways to get the parts for free or next to it. I have kept that way of thinking, so all of my inventions have as little of cost as possible. I like to share my ideas, and like it when everyone can enjoy and even improve on them.
I would also invite anyone who can improve on them please feel free to do so. I know not everyone has access to the exact supplies that I have so please feel free to improvise as long as the end result works the way you wanted it to you succeeded. I like for my ideas to be a base. I invite, no encourage people to improve on them and make them better. After all we are all makers here, if I can make my idea good for you I know someone else cal make them great for the next maker.
Ok enough talk let’s get to making your life a little bit easier.
I have an older car “05” and I wanted one of those hands free devices for the car that let you talk on the phone and have the sound go through the car speakers. I don’t like the Bluetooth ones that you put on the visor. Listening to my friends that have a newer model car that has that system built in, they have to find a phone that is compatible with the blue tooth, or plug it into the pre installed USB. Most of them had nothing but complaints that they had a hard time finding a cell phone that was compatible with the Bluetooth of their car, or said that the USB was far from being completely useful. Os I began to try to think of a solution that would benefit me and help out my now very annoyed friends. This is what I came up with; it’s a simple hack of an IPhone headset.
You need a couple of pre-requisites first though:
1. Cell phone compatibility- You need a cell phone that is capable with a wired headset that has a microphone (such as IPhone).
2. Car compatibility- you either need a radio with an auxiliary 3.5mm headphone jack or a car that comes with one installed somewhere else on the car.
3. The next pre-requisite is a very easy one for every one- little to no money (assuming you already have the tools)
All of us have number three, but the first two you kind of already need to have although the radio with the jack needed are very reasonable( if you’re in the market)
Complete materials needed:
1. A radio with a aux. 3.5mm jack or one installed on the car somewhere
2. A IPhone headset with a microphone (I am using the newer one with the volume controls on the headset if yours doesn’t have the volume controls then you are using the older model headset)
3. A audio jack( I got mine off old computer speakers)
4. Small gauge wire(I’m using the microphone from the same computer just taking the wire and discarding the jack)
1. Wire cutters ( I just used scissors)
2. Wire stripper (my teeth)
3. Soldering iron
5. Electrical tape