The Annoyinator is a small plastic sleeve designed by a middle school student Henry. The plastic sleeve can snugly fit an old iPod touch or the iPhone 4/4S and greatly amplify the sound coming out of its speakers using a scientific phenomenon called passive amplification. That’s right, this gag will just cost the price of the product, and may well be good for hundreds of laughs.
The idea originated in Henry’s mind when the 12-year-old thought about giving the iPhone the ability of producing a highly amplified sound that goes in only one direction. Henry’s father who knows a thing or two about how sound works, helped him develop this device. The design was done on AutoCAD, so it’s not just an object born by trial and error – there’s real engineering behind. Thanks to the convenience afforded by today’s 3D printers, Henry and his father didn’t have to go to any costly manufacturing processes, they simply used a standard Cube3D 3D-printer for early prototyping of the Annoyinator. After several design iterations, they reckon they’ve gotten it right.
The Annoyinator’s core principle uses the simple science of passive amplification. Thanks to the design of the Annoyinator, no extra energy is required for amplifying the sound of the device. Not only that, but the sound can now be directed towards someone by simply pointing the top of the device at them. But like we said, this isn’t just a gag, Henry says that he wanted to make a sleeve that got a sure grip on the iPod and allowed for easy access to the controls.
“The tolerances and clearances in The Annoyinator are excellent. It holds my i-Pod snugly and still allows access to the controls,”
The Annoyinator’s Kickstarter funding goal was set at a humble $1600, a price that would help Henry and his father buy a 3D printer to manufacture Annoyinators. For $20, you can snag up one of these gags and we’re sure there’ll be someone who’ll be greatly annoyed by it. This Kickstarter campaign shows us how empowered an individual has become when it comes to bringing your own product to the public. By just using a 3D printer and the power of Kickstarter, Henry has successfully showcased his talent for making fun products, potentially giving him a life long business in the process.