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Inspired by the amplifying effect that can be achieved by cupping the internal speaker of an iPhone, I set out to make a simple, low-cost, and repeatable amplifying dock using an ordinary bowl.
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A clamp and bushing concept was pursued in lieu of early ideation involving permanent alteration to the bowl. The clamp would allow different bowl profiles to work with a single design, making the project more accessible and repeatable.
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Details were refined to reference the iPhone form language. Width and corner dimensions were taken directly from the iPhone design to create a seamless transition between product and accessory.
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The clamp initially consisted of a cap, felt bushing, and routed base with varying widths. After fabricating a prototype, the design was revised to be made from a single plank of 3/8" wood. This important revision made fabrication quicker and simpler, and resulted in a more refined aesthetic.
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The resulting design can be made with basic woodshop tools and supplies at low cost using the project details published on the Instructables website.
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Amplfier dock was recognized as a 2013 Core77 Design Awards Notable. See a video of Amplifier Dock in action at http://vimeo.com/61865721

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