Ever gone for a dip in a lake or the ocean and wished you could get closer to the music? That's exactly what Instructables user BryantM thought when he developed his floating portable speaker, which we'll look at in this Weeked Project.
Who wants a regular speaker when you can get one that’s buoyant and waterproof? What better way to get your pool or boat party started?
This DIY project is a fun venture taken on by Instructables user BryantM, who toyed with the idea for more than a year. Even though there are still no CAD files available, the DIYer has promised to release them soon.
Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
Polk Audio MM-6502 speakers are marine-grade and are therefore manufactured to handle any kind of weather thrown at them. They are well sealed to prevent any leaking, even in the case that they are submerged in water. But that’s not all because they also have remarkable sound quality.
Please note that the battery used for this project is a Bosch WC18CF-102. According to BryantM, this battery is preferred because it has an induction charging feature, which allows for wireless charging. Induction charging makes sense for this project because it is wireless and can pass through a waterproof boundary.
BryantM is yet to upload the STL files for this project. Therefore, you’ll have to design the parts on your own or hire the services of an experienced CAD user.
The DIYer admits that there were several incidences of trial and error along the way, but modifications were done until the CAD design was 3D printable in vase mode. (Printing in vase mode reduces the print time, cost, and the weight of the shell. Furthermore, a vase shape looks more appealing.)
Lessons from the designing process:
You’ll need to end up with nine printed pieces:
BryantM advises that the batteries ought to be arranged in a way that will allow for induction charging. Typically, this means the batteries’ cells must be placed directly on top of the induction coil.
While there are a variety of receivers you can purchase, BryantM went for the Raspberry Pi with a HiFiBerry hat. Despite being a little pricey, the device is easy to set up.
Set up your Raspberry Pi and attach a “Pi hat” to improve the signal quality. Simply plug the hat into the Raspberry Pi ports. Just make sure the Pi knows what you’re adding.
Wiring, Waterproofing, and Gluing
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