Flashback: Rock ‘N’ Roll speakers

Music Technology
Flashback: Rock ‘N’ Roll speakers

After last week’s Teach Your Family to Solder announcement, I couldn’t help but think of this cool little project as perfect soldering practice. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Speakers first appeared on the pages of our sister publication CRAFT in Volume 07 as a sneak peek excerpt from one of our books, Fashioning Technology by Syuzi Pakhchyan. This set of lo-fi travel speakers are driven by a simple power amplifier circuit and a tilt switch, so you turn them on and off by tilting them. When both speakers are visible, they’re on, and when only one is visible, they’re off. The speakers are built into cut and folded mat board. Here’s a look under the hood:


Here is the full project for you shared through our Digital Edition. Naturally, the best soldering practice is one that yields a super cool end product.

And be sure to check out Fashioning Technology for lots more where this came from.

This DIY Intro to Smart Crafting is an invaluable resource that walks you through the materials and tools you can use, gives technical primers on everything from LEDs to soldering to troubleshooting, and then offers 12 innovative projects of wearables, home goods, and toys you can make. The book is filled with clear, instructive photos for anyone who wants to expand their crafting horizons. There’s really no other book out there like it. You can also check out the Fashioning Technology community site for tutorials, resources, and forum discussions.

Also, check out Make: televison Episode 10 for a spotlight on author and SparkLab founder and designer Syuzi Pakhchyan.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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