Simple Amp iPod Amplifier

O’Reilly’s Make Magazine has a great DIY community at where people post photos and steps for a wide variety of how-to projects. A recent post over at Gizmodo reminded me of one of my early favorites, posted back in April 2005. The project is a small amplifier for iPods and other portable players, designed to sit between the headphone jack and a speaker system of some kind. Steps walk you through acquiring the parts from Radio Shack and Velleman, includes some shots of testing out the project and a shot of the finished assembly. Ideally you want to download the manual from Velleman to help with building the project, which isn’t entirely clear from the Instructables photo series.

Use Your iPod as a Hard Drive

How can I use my iPod as a hard drive? I want to transfer some Word files from my work computer to my home computer. Someone told me my iPod will work to do this.
Windows recognizes iPods and most other portable media players as hard drives when plugged in using the USB cable. Any of the player’s available memory may be used for transporting files like Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDFs and virtually any other file type you wouldn’t ever listen to or watch on a portable player.

Videora iPod Converter

Convert your videos to MPEG-4 or H.264 video ready for iPod Video playback either individually or automatically from a watched folder. The software will convert most standard video formats, including AVI, MPEG, WMV, VOB, MOV and Tivo ToGo. Videora is significantly faster than the iPod conversion supported in QuickTime Pro and any of the standard MPEG-4 video conversions are also compatible with Sony’s PSP (although the companion PSP Video 9 is more practical for PSP owners). Setup for Videora iPod Converter includes a bunch of configuration options, including customization of your own video profiles. In most cases the default options should work nicely. Advanced users will appreciate the options to customize FFMPEG flags and AVS Scripts. [Windows 2k/XP $0.00]

VR Goggles with iPod Video

I see visions of fan sites in Phil Torrone’s future. PT is a living super-smart sci-fi character bending technology to his will. A less conflicted Tony Stark for Marvel fans or maybe a hip incarnation of Mr. Wizard. His latest project combines the newly released iPod video with a set of virtual reality goggles, creating an immersive experience out of eyeglass-sized LCD screens and a pocket sized hard drive. By the time the market is ready for this creation, the drive will be jacked into our skulls and the glasses will be a portable to another dimension. In the meantime, you can impress your friends and get the odd glance from fellow travelers on the way to another dimension destination.