Picture of Plug it In: How to Hack Your Sifteo Base for Bigger Audio
Ever imagine what you could do with something that someone else created but put a spin on it? Ever feel that urge to take something apart and hack it and then put it back together?

Well, if you answered yes to any of the previous questions, I would like satisfy that urge for all you hackers, tinkerers and explorers out there. I'd like to dive a bit deeper into the world of Sifteo where things could get scary for some. Need not worry though, I will try my best to guide you though the process of hacking the brains of our current design so you can use your stereo or headphones instead of the built in speaker.

But why didn't you guys build a headphone jack into the system from the get go?!

Good question! We definitely thought about this during our engineering process. What led us to not include it in the final design was the fact that we believe that Sifteo is a social platform. We want to encourage our customers to interact not only with the system but the people around them as well. 

So why write this article? Aren't you encouraging me to be a hermit?

One of the main use cases where we have seen the need for a headphone jack is for loud environments. If you're playing a game like Bleep, F.R.E.S.H or Low Rollr at a party you might want bigger sound. Something the little amplifier in our base that it just can't handle. You can also, if you chose, plug in your headphones as well. 

Who the heck are you?

Another fine question. I'm Jared one of the hardware engineers from Sifteo. As a member of a small team, I helped develop the system from its infancy all the way to the point of mass production. It's been exciting to develop a new game platform and even more exciting to share a little bit with everyone how it came to be!

What' s next?

Take a look at the checklist section to make sure this is a good project for you. It should also give you an idea of the journey that awaits you. Also, feel free to read the full blog post I wrote on tech.sifteo.com to get a little more information about this hack but also about the other inner workings of everything that is Sifteo.