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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


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Product idea: Single-speaker iPod station

The starting premise here is: most speakers sold to work with the iPod and other DAPs are crap. They have fragile plastic cases, pointless stereo, and little 1" speakers that "deliver surprisingly good sound quality" or whatever euphemism one uses when trying to rationalize spending $100+ on something that sounds like a telephone receiver.

I've pitched my idea for a better approach to my cool product designer friends, but they're busy working on magnesium snowboard bindings, electric mountain bikes, and military-spec safety glasses.

In short, the idea is this: a ruggedized 5" cube with a single high-quality 3.5" speaker, a volume control, and inputs for your favorite DAP. Built-in NiMH batteries that get charged via a USB connection. That's it.

I swear that I thought this up before the Tivoli iPal came out. There's a reason that the iPal reviews rave about the sound quality: it has a bigger speaker. There's no magic. Make the speaker even bigger, and make the unit cheaper (removing the radio electronics), and there you go. I don't know if you'll make a million bucks, but I'll buy one.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

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Comment from petrilli , later that day

A 3.5" mid and a tweeter, please. Pretending that something like that can reproduce anything in the highs is silly, and puts undue stress on it. You could even make them... gasp co-axial, and save space. Honestly, repackage a car speaker for all I care, they'd sound better.

Comment from Paul , later that day

That's a great idea -- a 3.5" co-ax car speaker would be perfect.

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