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My homemade docking station

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JediJesus, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. JediJesus

    JediJesus Well-Known Member
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    This is a quick multimedia docking station I made. It took me around an hour and the parts added up to around $6.

    I bought 2 plastic picture frames with bent holding stand ($1 each), 4 pack magnet ($3 for 4 pack, you only need 1 or 2), glue $2 and I used a weight I found around the house.

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    Ignore the 2 magnet locations I was trying something else at first. I only used the one in the center.

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    I then glued the 2 picture frames together face to face. I also notched a little hole on one of them for the charging cable to come through.

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    I added a magnet and a weight to the back.

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    I have the original docking station and I like it but when I got my body glove case it was a pain to take off every night so I built this instead. Its nothing fancy but for $6 it will work. If I feel the need I might make a little nicer one later or I might just get black paper for the backing instead of the white paper. What do you guys think.

    You can look at bigger pictures here. Picasa Web Albums - Tom - Docking Station
     

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  2. Apeman

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    Very nice, building somthing similar out of K'nex and Legos.
     
  3. ppeoud

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    Awesome, love it. I'm into making useful tools like that also.
     
  4. chrlswltrs

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    That's cool, mine is really ghetto, I just cut a space in the bottom of a plastic cup and set the cup upside down to hold my phone. Then I use Dockrunner. I am going to make something better, that was just my temporary fix.
     
  5. droidpcguru

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    Mine is made of the same two frames, but I cut one at the end of the "clip", glued the small piece to the front, and the "clip" to the foot for stability.
     
  6. metalmenance

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    cool but i still prefer the ihome speaker dock from walmart for 15bucks
    can have any case you want on droid lay sideways or stand up
    only need to drill sm hole for cord in front
    and like no other dock it has great speakers in it with a 3.5mm cord
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  7. chrlswltrs

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    I really like this, it looks nice and is easy to do. I'm going to go out and get this today. I really like the speakers so the alarm will really wake me up.
     
  8. messenger13

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    DUDE!!! You rock! :cool: What a great idea! I already bought the OEM multimedia dock ... but me thinks I need to get busy with some crap that's just laying around the basement. My kids are too old for that stuff anyway. (But I ain't! ;) ) ROFL
     
  9. zandroid

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    i too am going to look into this, thanks!
     
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    Very nice! I love all these DYI docks that people are posting. I think black paper would be better than that white.
     
  12. Barbara

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    I think I would use one of these cool homescreen wallpapers or even a personal photo printed on photo paper and use that instead of regular paper.
     
  13. metalmenance

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    Well battery life is great so far, first set batteries and have messed around total of maybe 3hours as well as watched 4 movies and still havent died, might just get rechargables anyway, but reg battery life is great

    It has a surround sound to it as well and very load for what it is
    The front ledge has nice rubber lip and the front is hollow so drilling hole for power cord was really easy took whole 2 min to mod, plus i like i can have it standing up on dock for reg use as well
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    very nice! what kind of glue was used?
     
  16. JediJesus

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    It was E6000 from walmart. Im sure any super glue would work.
     
  17. jebernier

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    Great idea!!

    How do you get the charging cable to stay in the notched hole when you plug in the droid? Did you super glue the charging cable into the hole?

    Thanks,

    John
     
  18. BostLabs

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    What a great idea Jedi!
    LOL! Now you got me thinking of modifications to your idea.

    Great job!
     
  19. cuskit

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    Very innovative idea. Guess we are all alike in ways! ;) cuskit
     
  20. JediJesus

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    No I actually just cut out enough of the hole so the hole was holding the cable. Sort of wedged in there. Its not damaging the cable but it does hold nice.
     
  21. JediJesus

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    Thanks. Yours definitely looks better.
     
  22. cuskit

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    Yea - but you only spent 6 bucks! I don't even want to show you the 6-7 prototypes I worked on leading up to what the final MIKRADLES eventually finished up at! ;)

    But you do want to be care wedging the wire into your hole - the actual wire inside is very very thin, and you could eventually break through it. Of course - monoprice.com has great pricing on these cables - only about $1.50 for a six foot length!

    Anyway - thanks for the compliment - you also! Great minds think alike.. ;) cuskit
     
  23. Airforcemario

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    I went for simplicity... well I went for simplicity after spending half a day making a wooden dock for my phone (which by the way ended up horribly). Took all of 2 minutes to make out of an old wire hanger and it may show but it's functional. Hope it helps someone.

    -Cheers
     

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  24. skunkpbguy

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    Great looking dock, and a very good way to keep my Body Glove installed!! You are awarded one internet. ;)
     
  25. Bramsy

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    smooth n easy! congrats! +1 vote for a free internets!
     

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