It's called a "sound bender." At first glance, it's fairly nondescript, yet its effectiveness is, well, resounding. The tiny piece of plastic is ridiculous in its simplicity and that might be why it never caught fire when Minnesota-based Rabbi Moshe Weiss tried to launch it in 2011. Then in March 2013, he appeared on ABC's Shark Tank, where he sealed a multi-million-dollar distribution deal. His magnetic, power-free iPad amplifier exploded.
Gazillionaire fashion mogul Daymond John (he's the founder and CEO of FUBU) purchased 40 percent of the SoundBender on Shark Tank and helped push the device--which fits the iPad 2, 3 and 4--to the marketplace. Since iPad speakers are on the back, sound often gets lost or is difficult to hear. The SoundBender "cups" the speaker, which directs the audio toward the viewer, instantly amplifying and clarifying the audio of videos and movies. The SoundBender comes in four colors and retails for $7.95 at soundbender.com. Hello, stocking-stuffer!
Also available from the rabbi inventor is SoundBender Stereo, another magnetized, power-free amplifier but in mini-stereo for iPad Air, iPad Mini, Google Nexus, ASUS and Samsung Galaxy Tab3.