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If you have a book you’re finished reading, you could donate it to a library or thrift store, but if you’re looking to scratch your DIY itch, this bedside smartphone dock uses an old hardcover to hide the cable and connectors so you can prop up your phone next to the bed without dealing with cable clutter.
Surprisingly, you won’t need too many tools to make this work—a drill, a utility knife, a trusty binder clip, some metal files, and a few other items you probably have around the house are all it takes to make this one happen. Of course, you also need a book you’re willing to carve up to turn into your new dock. From there, lay the charging cable on top of the book so you can measure where the cable will run inside of it, then cut the slot into the cover for the connector to peek through. Open the book and carve out just enough from the pages for the cable to slide through and go up into the slot you just carved. We’re oversimplifying the level of effort a bit, so make sure to hit the link below for a walkthrough, complete with tons of photos.
The design here is definitely iPhone-centric, but it wouldn’t take much tweaking to make this work with a miro-USB port and an Android phone charger. All you need it to cut out the slot to the right size slide the charging cable into place, the same as you would with the iPhone.
Allison, the person behind this hack, put her book-charger in between a few other actual books on her nightstand so she still had reading material, but so her phone didn’t look out of place while charging. We have to admit, the end result looks pretty good. What do you think? How would you improve on the design? Let us know in the discussions below.
Tutorial: DIY Book iPhone Dock | Little Lovelies via Apartment Therapy
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/5926859/turn-an-old-book-into-a-bedside-smartphone-dock