EUGENE, Ore. -- Like a lot of college students, UO senior Marcus Triest loves listening to music. But even with a thousand songs on his iPhone only a finger swipe away, he wasn’t satisfied.
“I was sort of upset with the way that I saw boomboxes coming out,” said Triest Sunday afternoon at his fraternity house on Kincaid Street. “The gimmicky, plastic sort of feel. So, I wanted something durable that I could just slip into my backpack.”
An industrial design major at the University of Oregon, Triest said he was toying with a new design for an iPhone boombox for more than a year.
“I mean, I was going for the 1980s - that flaunting style,” said Triest as he held the prototype, blue lights now shining after the touch of a button, “especially with the blue outside. It just sort of flaunts that you have that style.”
When Triest was given a big assignment in his product design class he decided to put his idea to the test.
“This was the final design,” said Triest as he took the device apart, “really just four basic parts. You have the front, back and an insert. Then, you have an acrylic center.”
He said that's when the “Big Mac Pro” was born, made from the byproduct of wood mills and simple technology you can pick up at Radio Shack.
“It’s just a matter of learning the circuitry,” he added, “and getting it all working together.”
And in a world where good ideas are as good as gold, Triest posted his plans for the design for all to see on the Web.
“My design is out there now, and anyone can just go through my steps on how to recreate it,” he said. “But I just figured it was time to get my name out there.”
Since posting the plans on the Internet, Triest said the design page has had almost 70 thousand page views.
“I think I deserve and A,” he said, “especially with the attention it’s brought to the program, to the design and how much people have enjoyed it.”