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For some reason, the speaker on the iPad2 is on the back of the device. Have you ever wished the sound of your iPad2 was louder, better or more direct? Do you cup your hand around the speaker to improve sound or privacy? This instructable started when my wife tried to play a video for her yoga class and nobody could hear the audio. The next time we were trying to watch a movie I fashioned a "SPEAKER BUDDY" so that the sound headed in our direction. The SPEAKER BUDDY is definitely an easy DIY project that improves sound, saves battery, and can shield sound away from eavesdroppers. The difference is amazing.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Step 2: Drawing the Shape

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The dimensions running along the top of this piece of card-stock show the distance from the left edge although you could make yours bigger or smaller.
The width of the middle fold where it will not be cut, is 2", and after making about 20 of these I think you should stick with 2".

The rectangle in the middle is exactly 1.5" tall and .5" wide which is the same size of the speaker of the iPad2.
From the speaker I tapered the stem down to just one inch and then rounded the final 3/16" so it would be easy to insert.

Step 3: Almost Done

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I have bent the device here so it was easier to photograph. All you need is a few small pieces of tape to shape it, and keep in mind that you want to sound to shoot out of the SPEAKER BUDDY at a 90 degree angle so the fold should be about 45 degrees.
strickjr7612 months ago
I made one similar but out of a milk jug it flexes so it can be left in place
iceng3 years ago
Simple and nice solution to problem solving :-)

The iPad3 also has speakers on the back.