A missing feature that I really want added to all home audio systems: the ability to listen to multiple audio sources at the same time. I almost always listen to music when playing video games (with the music disabled in-game), listening to podcasts, watching YouTube, and watching sports.
Juggling multiple devices to listen to multiple audio sources at the same time isn’t too much of a pain, but if audio could be easily spliced together on one device that would be awesome (each source would need its own volume level).
Until such a feature is universally available, some makeshift devices like the design above may be worthwhile. This HDMI cable would function like normal for a game console, but can receive a secondary audio source from a smartphone using Bluetooth. Now a gamer could play Rocket League while listening to iTunes on their home theater system at the same time.
There are many possible ways audio splicing could be achieved and applied, but I felt the above design would be the most popular scenario. Again I would much prefer if “audio splicing” became a common feature in all audio electronics, rather than cobbled together in this fashion.
I’ve been wanting to revisit Rock Band or Guitar Hero these past few years, but the price (even on the secondhand market) and large size of the guitar peripherals have kept me from taking the plunge. Now if they made a compact and inexpensive guitar controller for these games, it would be a different story.
I propose this design, which is really compact and ideal for righties and southpaws. It features an adjustable handle and a small strum thingy that is operated by a thumb. Yes it would be like holding a ukulele, but it would do the job.
Continue reading ➞ Compact Guitar Controller
Besides the volume knob this doesn’t have any moving parts. The “spinning” is made possible by embedding an e-ink screen (like those seen on a Kindle) into the record label. The end result is kind of an illusion, if you can look past the thicker record.
This could be a Bluetooth speaker or Personal Assistant (Alexa/Siri), and would be compact in size. The speaker is located in the base. The display could juggle artists and songs, but it would probably be easier to display the current app, such as Spotify or Apple Music. The metal spindle is pegged into a glass cover that overlays the display. E-ink displays don’t suffer burn-in so the spinning image can always be active when the device is. And lastly E-ink displays are available in full-color too.
I had no idea USB Volume Knobs were a thing until today! I’m grabbing one because I keep pushing my PC speaker away from me when I adjust the volume. Even better, this idea was born.
The Spinal Tap wordmark replaces the Marshall logo seen on the amplifier. I honestly believe Thinkgeek or any company could make these without the Spinal Tap or Marshall logo, as long as there is an 11 there for the gag. There’s no pointer on the dial, which spins infinitely, so the numbers are purely for decoration.
Apple is currently in the middle of killing iTunes, thought I’d commemorate this grim occasion by putting together a Bluetooth speaker design. I felt reincarnating iTunes in the form of a jukebox would be appropriate.
Continue reading ➞ iTunes Bluetooth Speaker
Whether it’s factory or aftermarket car stereos, I don’t think anyone has attempted to create a stereo that looks like a car’s instrument panel (the gauges behind the steering wheel). I could be wrong, if I am let me know in the comments.
Continue reading ➞ Instrument Panel Car Stereo Deck
This is a Bluetooth Speaker and Headphones combo, allowing users to toggle between both audio options for their smartphones. I also added a wireless charging pad for a smartphone — because the Lantern needs to recharge something, right? The wireless pad is optional, I imagine many people would be happy with just the first two items.
Continue reading ➞ Green Lantern Bluetooth Speaker And Headphones