I am hopelessly addicted to my mp3 player. Pretty much all day long I listen to music, audiobooks, MIT lectures (new science crush: Jeremy Wolfe) , podcasts, radio shows, and the like.
You might express my listening habits by saying:
IF Lithium Rain ! = = asleep THEN Headphones_are_on
And sometimes Headphones_are_on even if Lithium Rain ! = = awake ;)
So obviously it was very vexing to have to take off my earbuds and stop listening to my favorite radio show or my rockin' tunes every morning to take a shower. I get very bored while shaving and shampooing, all I can think is IwishIwishIwishIwishIwishIhadmyzune and on the whole it's not a particularly agreeable way to start the day, bereft of glorious melodies. I tried traditional shower radios, but they eat batteries like crazy, the sound is very tinny, and if you turn it up loud enough to hear over the water other people don't always appreciate it. Thus, the ShowerPhones were born!
(I tried entering this as a slideshow but it wouldn't let me, so it's kind of a hybrid-mutant instructable-after-the-fact / slideshow thing =] )
Step 1: If I Did It
This was my very first soldering job that turned out well, I'm kinda proud of it. =]
I wanted a long cord so I could move around freely, so I cut the jack off the end of a cheap pair of headphones and soldered on an extension from an old audio in cable.
Then I wrapped all the connections in electrical tape once I figured out that the wires were shorting one another out when they touched, and shrinkwrapped around the joint so it would be waterproof.
To waterproof the headphones, I took ziplock bags and made little pouches all around the ear bits. Then I took a lighter and melted the seams together all along the edge, and sealed the top and the bottom really well with, again, electrical tape. Don't breathe the smoke that results from this...