Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Amplify the Sound of Your iPhone with a New Use for Vinyl

By Linzy Novotny

Nvate Crowdfunding pick of the week kickstarter project Groovedock by Charles Mercader and Sam Dominguez

Although music has moved into an age when even CDs are obsolete, Charles Mercader and Sam Dominguez of San Francisco, Cali., have found a new way to use one of the CDs’ predecessors—records. The GrooveDock is a speaker for iPhones that is made utilizing 60 pieces cut from 10 upcycled records, according to the project’s Kickstarter page. The records used to make the GrooveDock are misprints, so the team uses records that would have otherwise been discarded.

“We want to reestablish the tradition, the ritual, the experience of music for the digital age,” as stated on the project’s Kickstarter page. “After all, there is more to music than just bits.”

“GrooveDock features a sculpted acoustic horn–immersing you in lush tunes,” according to Kickstarter. “Anechoic chamber tests measured the amplification at 7 decibels, or almost twice the loudness of the iPhone’s built-in speaker. A black foam insert isolates the iPhone speaker port which maximizes loudness through the acoustic horn.”

The GrooveDock is compatible with all four iPhone generations, according to Kickstarter. Once the iPhone 5 is released, the duo will create a prototype of the GrooveDock to fit the model. The product has also been made with room so that users will not have to remove their phone’s case when using the GrooveDock. A USB port attached to the product allows users to charge and sync their iPhone as well. There is no word yet on whether or not the duo plan to create a version for iPods.

nvate crowdfunding pick of the week kickstarter project groovedock by Charles Mercader and Sam Dominguez

Backers will receive one black GrooveDock with a pledge of at least $79, according to Kickstarter. For pledging $119, backers receive one white GrooveDock.

A previous project by the duo, the Square Hoodie, is a silicone case made to protect the Square card reader for smartphones. The project was unsuccessful after two attempts, with the first project’s goal being $6,000 and the second attempt’s goal being $4,000. The first attempt raised $275 and the second try fared better, raising $2,058. Although a little more than half of the goal was raised, the project was not funded because funding is only distributed in Kickstarter campaigns if the minimum goal amount is pledged.

To make the GrooveDock successful, Mercader and Dominguez are asking for $60,000 by Oct. 12. As of Sept. 9, $1,009 has been pledged with 32 days to go, according to Kickstarter. To pledge, visit the GrooveDock Kickstarter page.

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