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soda can speaker

by Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat
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Can Session

"Reuse it for music!" Trash Amps turns empty soda cans into funky, portable speakers for MP3 players and grab-and-go amplifiers for electric guitars and bases. By approaching recycling with a can do attitude, the company repurposes spent aluminum cans by imbedding the shell with a high-quality speaker, a cord and an adapter to turn your deceptive speaker into a rocking amp. Just pop the colorful, magnetic top and choose your setting, "chill" for mp3 players or "jam" for those impromptu band rehearsals. Includes 3 AAA Batteries for 40+ hours of music. Handmade in California.

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Made from
aluminum, wire, metal, cardboard, circuit board, paper, polypropylene, ABS plastic
5" H x 2.6" dia. (standard 12 oz. soda can)
Change batteries when music becomes distorted, approximately 50 hours of use
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Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Adam and Ron have always loved to create things with their hands. Even as kids, they were inventing things, most of which didn't work out exactly as planned. But studying Manufacturing Engineering (Adam) and Eletronics (Ron) at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA gave them just the training they needed to make pretty much anything with good success, espeically Trash Amps: soda can speakers, mason jar speakers, and more!

After graduating in 2009, Adam and Ron started Trash Amps, combining their passions for engineering, design, art, and music. Adam's knowledge of how to make stuff and his skills in SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite got things started. Ron applied his expertise in design and electronics assembly. It is safe to say that building Trash Amps from the ground up has been invaluable experience for these two engineering entrepreneurs. Music has always been an important part of their lives -- Adam and Ron play the guitar and enjoy listening to music with friends. With Trash Amps, they've got music with them anywhere, whether it's an epic jam session or just hanging with friends.

Besides wanting to make a cool product, Adam and Ron have always enjoyed the intersection of education and real life. After noticing how kids get really excited about Trash Amps, they started visiting local schools to encourage kids towards sustainability, music, engineering, and education as a whole. "When you connect education with something kids already view as "cool," education becomes cool by association. If you can show kids the end goal of what they're learning now, you just might set them on track to start their own successful companies down the road," says Adam.

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