While working on my skating routine with my coach and practicing said routine at the rink alone, I realized there is a terrible technological problem going happening. Practicing alone isn’t using an issue, since I tend to wear head phones, but since it was a dressed rehearsal, I really had no where to secure my phone. The rink closest to my house said I could plug into their system, but thats off the ice, up a flight of stairs in a booth. Impossible to control. In a similar problem, when my coach, or any other for that matter, starts to play music, they have to stand next to the sound box at that rink. My initial response to this is “there has to be a better way”.
I little bit of googling led me to some interesting solutions. I was looking for something small, low on power consumption. Something bluetooth enabled, most likely. Something that had a remote control sounded good. I wanted something that could be plugged into the house system via an standard line in cable and output on a line level signal yet didn’t require a physical button be pushed on the unit.
One thing led to another, and I found this via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071R917G9
At the time I bought this, they were $4 each. Since I had about $35 in gift cards, I decided to get 4 of them, just incase I found then overly useful and wanted to do more with them. At $4 each, it felt pretty low risk. They got in within a week, too, which was completely surprising. They’re literally so small, I can do anything with them. The only downside, thus far, is that upon power on they have this announcement in a weird accent. I’m going to have to find a way to shut that up. So far, the basic bluetooth test and remote functions appear to work.
Until I get some more progress, thats all I have for this entry. Part II comes when I’ve started putting the project together.