DIY iphone dock using only the package material.
You will need:
Utility knife x 1
Ruler x 1
Double-sided tape x 1
Thin single-sided tape (packing tape will do) x 1
iPhone box with plastic holder x 1
usb cable that comes with the iphone x 1
Half an hour of free time
Step 1: Get the Iphone Connector in Place
Cut the end of the plastic holder that comes with your iphone. Use the iphone itself to guide the width and depth of the cutting. Cut until you can rest the iphone completely into the plastic holder. Secure the connector cable to the plastic holder.
Step 2: Rough Drawing on Taping the Connector to the Black Plastic Holder
I use two thin pieces of packing tape to loop around the connector, one each direction. Each piece of the tape is roughly 4mm wide and 12+/- cm long. This should hold the connector in place securely.
Step 3: Cut the Plastic Holder Into Two Pieces
Cut the plastic holder into two pieces. Place two pieces of double-sided tape onto the shorter piece as shown. I ended up using the thinner type of double-sided tape, but the thick tape is easier for demonstration purposes.
Step 4: Confirm Placement of the Connector With the Iphone
Make sure you can charge the iphone. Adjust if necessary.
Step 5: Triangle Stand
There is an insert inside the bottom half of the box. I used it to make a triangular stand. Punch two holes for the cable to pass (size of the usb end). Secure front piece and then the stand.
Step 6: Finished?
You can adjust how much the front piece would cover the phone. I want to control the home button but want to keep it "hidden". So I actually stick a small square piece of foam (from the packaging) behind the small piece so when I push the front --> it will press the home button. Completely optional. Or you can place the front piece a bit lower so you can see the home button. You decide. Enjoy!
Step 7: Inside View of the Front Piece
I ended up using an eraser head taped to match the location of the "Home" button on the iphone.
Step 8: Finished...
Just some thoughts:
- You can put, for instance, a 4-port usb hub in the back of this stand for extra usb devices.
- You can use this as an alarm clock too; check out this nice alarm clock mod
- I don't have a ipod touch, but if it comes with a similar plastic holder, consider making a similar stand, except you can also make a hole for the headphone too -- so you can even listen to music !!! Maybe you can incorporate a small set of desktop speaker as well.