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Speaker Tee: A Reality [Beta]

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So, April Fools has come and gone and ThinkGeek's foolish line of products has given all a good chuckle. But one of the products struck me as something entirely possible and cool. That was the Personal Soundtrack T-Shirt, so I decided to make it. However, instead of just some sound clips, I decided it would be easier and apply to more scenarios to use a simple audio jack so I could plug into, say, an MP3 player, and share it with the world.

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Really, this project wasn't all that involved. Here's what you'll need:
  • An old t-shirt (we'll be cutting a hole in it, so make sure you don't need it incase something goes wrong)
  • A speaker
  • A quarter-inch headphone jack and wire
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Any shirt decorations (Like music notes silk-screened on there)

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Step 1: Solder Your Audio Cable Onto The Speaker

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Yep, it's that easy. Once you're done that, test the connection with anything that funnels sound through an audio jack.

Step 2: Mount The Speaker

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Alright, so cut a hole where you want to place your speaker. I went for the general center of the chest area. I made a hole close to the size of the speaker.

I really only wanted to show the circular part of the speaker and not the metal corners, so I only cut a hole for that portion.

After this, put your speaker through the bottom of your shirt (just so the audio cable can get out the bottom) and grab a hot glue gun. There's a couple of ways you can mount the speaker, but because of time constraints, I turned to my trusty pal Mr. Hot Glue. Use to your heart's content. Don't get hurt. Fin.

You could also secure the speaker by means of thread and sewing! That's for all you crafty people out there!

Nuts and bolts could also work, and they were my initial plan, except I could find any the right size. Lemme know what you guys think.
wardog5 years ago
maybe you should make the speaker DETACHABLE so you can wash your clothes
attach the speaker with velcro, maybe and you're good to go!
Crail4 years ago
just tonight i was going to start on something like this. Except I'm using Koss headphones and that volume control thing they come with (hint hint). Maybe reuse some old backpack zippers.... But, back to the point. I've thought of many "speaker tees" though never seen it done with an amp!
there was a company that made speaker hoodie vests back in the 80s when break dancing was cool i have one laying around somewhere it was cool but kinda quiet and very ugly
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Get a pezio or other flat speaker
i'm guessing that washing this wouln't be a good idea..
technick29 (author)  simplycomplex086 years ago
Lol, I guess not.
schimmi6 years ago
i'm going to do the same thing but with small speakers from a hallmark talking gift card so thanks for the idea
kllrwolf6 years ago
Nice and easy. How about getting some more spare clothe to form a pocket on the inside to hide all the wires and to separate everything from your body to keep it from scratching?
and a pouch for your ipod / mp3 player
technick29 (author)  kllrwolf6 years ago
I was thinking that -- time constraints for entering it by last night for the contest. I'm going to add some nice cloth over the back of the speaker ASAP. And good idea about the wire secure-ers! Thanks
jangothor6 years ago
Wait just a minute...what about stereo shoulder pads?
That's so awesome!
You're gonna be amazed when T3h_Muffinator posts his thing... (hopefully).
technick29 (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thanks.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Sweet! Might want to ad a mini amp
technick29 (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Yep, I think I'm going to add that in my next version!