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Super iPod pillowcase that plays music and looks like an Apple IPod but is 50 times bigger than Apple iPod. With your completed Super IPod, you will be able to change songs and adjust the volume because the "Super IPod" uses an already hacked mp3 player. :-O

Tech D.I.Y. (http://techdiy.blogspot.com/) encourages mothers to learn about technology with their kids in ways that are simple and fun. The kits and instructions teach electronic crafts and have solid engineering lessons behind them.
 
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Step 1: Super IPod : Materials

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- one large white fabric sheet 31" x 40"
- one gray fabric sheet 21" x 12"
- one white felt sheet 5"x 1 1/2"
- one gray felt sheet 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
- ten black felt sheets 2" x 2"
- five purple felt sheets 2" x 2"
- ten conductive fabric sheets 3" x 1/2"($16.25 line/ft)
http://www.lessemf.com/fabric.html
(You can buy the small size of "Zelf" conductive fabric from Less EMS)
- handmade felt wires
(They are attached to two thin and long conductive pieces of fabric on the felt. You can make the handmade wires by yourself, check "How to make fabric wires".)
- an already hacked mp3 player ($15 COBY mp3 player at J&R)
(This hacked mp3 player consists of a base and the electronics of the mp3 player and it can be detached from the pillowcase because the snaps on the base and the mp3 player allow the mp3 player to separate. You can hack the mp3 player yourself by following instructions "How to hack mp3 player" "How to make detachable mp3 player kit". )
- one super bright LED
(To indicate the mp3 player is on and working, you need one super bright LED. We put this in the mp3 player in the kit.)
- conductive thread($15 per spool)
http://members.shaw.ca/ubik/thread/order.html
(Conductive thread can convey current and regular thread won't.)
- regular thread
- a sewing needle
- fabric glue
- a piece of chalk or a pencil
- a pair of scissors
- a multi-meter (to check the continuity of current, optional)

Step 2: Super IPod : How to make IPod pillow case

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1. Cut pillow and IPod templetes
The first thing we need to do is to cut a pillow cover, a window, a dial, and button signs of the Ipod using templates. You can download the template pdf file in below URL.
Super IPod Template download

2. Sew a pillow cover
Next, we will use white fabric to make a pillow cover. Fold one long side of the fabric in at half an inch then fold in 3 inches more of the side and sew using a blind stitch. Fold in half and sew the top and left inside of the half inch margin except the folded side. Then turn over the case through the folded side.

3. Glue the edge of a window and a dial
We will fold the margin of the fabric pieces for a window and a dial to prevent them from becoming fraying on the edges. Cut a little bit around the edge of the window and dial to smoothly fold the edge. Fold the margin and glue the margin using fabric glue.

4. Attach the gray fabric and signs on the cover
Mark the place where you attach the window and the dial using the template of the Super IPod that we used to cut the fabric in the first step. Attach the gray fabric pieces on the pillow cover using fabric glue. Then attach the signs you already cut on the dial fabric.

For more information, visit TechDIY.org site.

Step 3: Super IPod : How to make soft fabric switch

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Now we will make five soft fabric switches to control an mp3 player. I got the information to make this switch from Leah Buechley's electronic sewing kit instructions.

1. Cut the felt and attach the conducting fabric on it
The first of all, you need to cut ten square pieces of black felt and 5 square pieces of purple felt which are 3"x3". Attached a piece of conductive fabric in the middle of the black fabric using fabric glue. Leave little bit margin when you attach the fabric.

2. Make a hole on the pieces of purple felt
Fold a piece of purple felt diagonally. Cut the middle part of the piece to make a hole which is 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch

3. Glue them together
Glue a piece of black felt and attach with conductive fabric to a piece of purple felt. Then, attach another piece of black felt (which has an opposite side of the conductive fabric wing) to the other side of the purple felt.

How the fabric switch works
When you press the switch through the hole of the middle part of the felt or fabric, the conductive fabric on the outside is connected and makes a path for flowing electricity. So, the electricity can flow from a side of conductive fabric to the other side of conductive fabric. This is the same way a regular switch works.

Tip: Testing the switch
If you have a multi-meter, you can check to see if the switch is working. When you press the switch, you should see the result of connection.

Step 4: Super IPod : How to hack MP3 player

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Materials:
COBY Mp3 player ($12.99 at J&R)
http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4157153
Thin wire ($3.99 at RadioShack)
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062641&cp=2032058.2032227.2032239&allCount=19&fbn=Cable+type%2F30+gauge&f=PAD%2FCable+Type%2F30+gauge&fbc=1&parentPage=family
Wire stripper
A small size of screwdriver
Soldering Iron
Solder
Multi-meter

How to:
1. Prepare 12 thin wires, each 7 inches long, by pulling off the plastic covering from the end of the wires.

2. Unscrew all screws of the mp3 player and open the exterior plastic casing without breaking anything inside. Save the screws to use later.

3. This mp3 player has 5 buttons and one LED indicator. These 5 buttons have 6 functions (Play/Stop, Forward, Backward, Volume up, and Volume down). Look over where you will attach the wires to the five switches and indicator LED on the board. For the switch, you will attach two wires. The wires should be attached diagonally. For the indicator, you need to attach the wires on back of the board, because it is easier to find the lead of the LED.

4. Attach wires using a soldering iron. You need to be careful not to touch any other part of the board. Using a multi-meter, check to see if the switch works or not.

5. Make an index for the wire to prevent confusion later. Don't forget to make a positive and negative connection of the LED. Twist the wires of each of switches and the indicator. Place the wires to one side of the board.

6. Attach the top case to the board using screws. Break the white plastic parts of the middle case in half. Attach the other side of the plastic part. You will place the wires on the opposite side. Cover the bottom part of the case.

7. Now you�re done hacking the mp3 player. For the test, you can touch the wires of each switch instead of pushing the button on the mp3 player.

Step 5: Super IPod : How to make detachable MP3 player kit

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Materials:
Already hacked COBY mp3 player(We already made it :-))
Two pieces of black felt (5 inch x 3 inch)
24 set of snaps
Conductive thread ($15 per spool)
http://members.shaw.ca/ubik/thread/order.html
(Conductive thread can convey current and regular thread won’t. )
a sewing needle
fabric glue
small piece of conductive fabric or tape

How to :
1. Prepare two pieces of black felt (5 inch x 3 inch). On one black felt, attach 12 small squares of conductive fabric tape and sew the 12 one-sided snaps on the tape using conductive thread.

2. On the other black piece of felt, attach the 12 small squares of conductive fabric tape in the same place to close the snaps later.

3. On the other side of the black felt, Glue the hacked mp3 player. Twist the ends of the wires and sew them to connect them to the other side of the snaps using conductive thread.

4. Check to see if the snap works or not. Close the two sides of the snaps. If you connect the two snaps of the switch using wire or any conductor, the switch should run the function of the MP3 player.

Step 6: Super IPod : How to make handmade felt wires

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Materials:
Conductive fabric ($16.25 line/ft)
http://www.lessemf.com/fabric.html
(You can buy the small size of "Zelf"conductive fabric from Less EMS)
Several pieces of felt (1inch x over 10 inch)
Fabric glue
a pair of scissors

How to:
1. Cut the conductive thread 1/8 inch width.
2. Attach two pieces of conductive thread on the felt separately using fabric glue to make two lines.

When you connect two separate pieces of conductive fabric to make one line on the felt, you need to tie the edge of the pieces together to prevent to loose continuity.

Step 7: Super IPod : How to connect fabric switches to hacked mp3 player

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1. Attach Switches and mp3 player base
Now you have five soft fabric switches. Mark the position of the switch using the IPod template. Set the position of the switch on the dial inside the pillow and glue the switch using the fabric glue. Now take the mp3 player base, which has 12 snaps on it, and attach it to the bottom using the fabric glue.

2. Attach a red LED, bend its wires, and sew it
To indicate the mp3 player is working, we will attach the LED on the window of the IPod. Make a little hole down the left side of the window and attach the LED using fabric glue. Mark (+) and (-) on the fabric to indicate which is the long leg for the positive connection and which is the short leg for the negative connection. Bend the legs of LED and sew the legs using conductive thread.

3. Connect snaps to switches and sew them together
You have a few handmade felt wires. If you buy the kit, you can find them inside the kit. If you want to make them by yourself, check the "How to make fabric wires". It is very easy to make them with conductive fabric and felt. With these felt wires, connect the snaps to the switches. Cut a little bit in the middle of one side of the felt wires. Sew the divided edge to each conductive fabric wing of the switch. Sew the other side of the wires to snaps on the mp3 player base.

Fellow the illustrated instruction to attach switches and snaps.
http://itp.nyu.edu/%7Ejsl398/DIY/img/instruction_ipod81.jpg

Tip: Check the continuity
When you done to connect switch and snaps on the base, you can check the it works or not using multi-meter. When you press the switch connected to the snaps, you should see the result of continuity.

4. Attach mp3 player to the base
Close the snaps of the MP3 player to the base of the MP3 player. The snaps will allow you to detach the mp3 player whenever you want. When you wash the pillowcase you should detach the mp3 player from it.

5. Hook a headphone or speaker to mp3 player
Turn over the pillowcase. Hook a headphone or speaker to an mp3 player. When you press the button, you can see the indicator on the window changes.

Step 8: Super IPod : How to use

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Put a standard size of pillow into the Super IPod pillowcase and push the sign to control the player and enjoy music!. When you push the button on the pillow, you can listen to music through the headphone or a speaker connected to the mp3 player inside of the pillowcase. You can also select a song or change the volume. You can also upload a new song using the USB port of the mp3 player.

Tip: how to control the hacked mp3 player
- Turn on and play
Press the "Play" button in the middle of the dial for more than 3 sec. and you can see the indicator is on. To play music, press the button less than 1 sec. and you will see the indicator is blink. The soft fabric switch is sensitive, so even if you press the button lightly it will work very well.
- Change music
Press the "�quot;�"Forward" button less than 1 sec. and wait 1 sec to listen to the music.
- Turn off
Press the "Play"button for more than 3 sec. You can see the indicator is turned off.
  • Sign of mp3 indicator
When the mp3 player is turned off, the indicator light should turn off as well.
When the mp3 player plays music, the indicator should be blinking.
When the mp3 player pauses music, the indicator light will still be on but it will not be blinking.

For more information and buying the "Super IPod"kit, visit TechDIY.org site.
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account3r24 years ago
i dont know if anyone else noticed, but the play button is backwards
OMG this is awesome man sweet now you need to make a pillow case that lloks like a phone and works like a phone
OMG OGM OMG or even better a phone shaped like a pillow HOLY CRAP

LOLz!
 i would buy that
sun (author)  Morriscow5 years ago
I'm not selling the kit - Super iPod anymore. Sorry. But, I can help you to finding the material and making the project. If you have any question, please let me know. Sun~
im the 36800th viewer!
can't you tell us some other site where you can get the kit ? this one doesn't have anymore, they got sold out.
sun (author)  skullfire0076 years ago
sorry, I don't have a plan to make a kit yet. Please, check material page and you can find some sources to get the kit materials.
Can you use normal wires instead of felt wires?
sun (author)  skullfire0076 years ago
I think you can use normal wires but it breaks out easily when you move fabric of the iPod pillow
Syncubus6 years ago
What an awesome project! Great job!
az19957 years ago
I already have one of those. I was selling magazines for my school, and the 5 subscriptions sold prize was a giant ipod pillow, complete with speakers and all. It has like pushable buttons and stuff. But still NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE JOB!
mman1506 az19956 years ago
at my school 5 subscriptons get's you a bounce ball and 100 gets you alarm clock cd player
and 30 gets you a chance to win a wii
wow, im sorry but thats terrible. at my school, when we would sell two of these huge books full of coupons for $20 each, we would get a package of bic pens. also terrible...
mman15066 years ago
i was thinking of using an ipod remote and implant it into the couch
PAULO986 years ago
i made one.there cool
sun (author)  PAULO986 years ago
Did you buy my kit or prepare materials by yourself? Could you share the picture of your Super iPod? Sun
Very excited about trying this out. Is it washable though?
doubt it lol
wierd idiot6 years ago
That's sooooooo coool!!
bomberman37 years ago
Thats REALLY cool but supersize earbuds would complete it, such as the ones here:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/speakers/a254/
YES! I saw this and immediatley thought of those.
Bartboy7 years ago
The website dosn't have anymore! : (
sun (author)  Bartboy7 years ago
llamafur7 years ago
how about adding a ipod dock connector so you have the full functionality of the ipod, maybe even a click wheel
Could be easily implimented by buying the ipod side of the dock connector and tapping into the USB Pins. This would make it truly awesome. If someone was to engineer a huge verson of the connector, I would be truly impressed! Just autocad the connector and standard size and scale it 1:50 or something...
Dillis7 years ago
You got your play button backwards..... Still really cool though, id love one xD
killerAP7 years ago
but there is no way to go to another playlist or artist/album. o well, cant have everything. next up from you: a sweater with speakers in it!
with those mp3 players they dont have almost any features like the apple ipod, only 1 playlist, thats it
already invented lol
Larkus7 years ago
Does this ipod pillow-case use touch sensitive buttons?
sun (author)  Larkus7 years ago
Exactly, it is not button. I used soft fabric switches. Please, read step 7 instruction to make the fabric switches. :-)
Ahmedqatar7 years ago
Amazing work !!
aksiemau7 years ago
This is really cool! I am going to try to make it! :)
krisgesling7 years ago
I love it. It'd be great to get my younger cousins interested in electronics but is there any possibility of shipping to Australia anytime in the near future? Otherwise I might just have to give the hacking a go myself.
darcy cammo7 years ago
thank you for the good idea my cousin will love this for xmas
Mekkie Boy7 years ago
This is very cool... but there is no volume control.
sun (author)  Mekkie Boy7 years ago
There is volume control. if you press "+" on the dial or "-" , you can change the volume. :-)
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