Heck with a better mousetrap. Danville's Jason Lucash, 26, is busy inventing compact products that help people listen to music.
Lucash traveled a lot and wanted a way to enjoy music on the go. So he invented the Fold n' Play speakers. The 3-inch cubes are self-powered, 1-watt and made of heavy-duty recycled paper. They can be used with any audio device that has a headphone jack.
Time magazine named the speakers as one of the 50 best inventions of 2009, praising their portability and functionality. The annual guide highlights companies, large and small, who have developed gadgets and breakthrough ideas in 2009.
"We are extremely honored to be included in Time's TOP 50 inventions of 2009," said Lucash upon receiving the honor. "To be included with such great inventions is a thrill to all of us at OrigAudio."
The Fold n' Play speakers start flat and fold together like origami. Five designs include CityScape, Flowers, SurfBreak, DayDream and Lake, and a blank one allows owners to create their own. They sell for $16 and can be ordered at www.origaudio.com/.
OrigAudio (think origami audio) now has another product - Rock-It - developed by Lucash. This gadget allows music fans to use any household object as a speaker - it's the "first ever portable vibration speaker system," explains Lucash.
Hook it into an iPod, phone or anything with a 3-millimeter headphone jack, then stick the Rock-It to something to carry the sound, such as a cereal box, cup or even the dishwasher.
"Cardboard boxes are best," Lucash said in a recent interview. "The bigger the object, the bigger the sound."
The household object then becomes a speaker cone, he explained, and through vibration sequences, the Rock-It will turn anything into a speaker. The Rock-It sells for $49.99.
See him explain his Rock-It.