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Kettering students participate in American Tourister Remix project

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(09/11/12) - It's innovation at its finest, not to mention at its loudest.

Kettering University's electrical engineering students are unveiling their latest creations. It combines music with those old suitcases that have been collecting dust in your basement.

Something old is new again, and in this case, it's literally a case - a suitcase. While it's a little bigger than an iPod, it's still music you can take on the go.

"This is just a big old foot locker. We have FM Radio. We have a CD player. We have an iPod doc for charging. This is just non-stop music as loud as you can play it," said Alex Barath, Kettering student.

This is all part of Kettering University's second annual American Tourister Remix project. Electrical engineering students spent the summer turning vintage suitcases from Goodwill into stereo boomboxes. They consider it upcycling - not recycling.

"These are high end audio systems and there's probably a couple hundred dollars worth of components in the system," said Kettering University professor Dr. Mark Thompson.

"We went with the diamond plate, so it's more rugged. This can get really loud, up to 150 watts," said Kettering student George Kelly.

The boomboxes will be auctioned off, with proceeds going right back to Goodwill Industries. Last year's top seller went for more than $800.

"This is an opportunity for us to really be able to work our mission. We help people with disabilities get employed and stay employed right here in our community," said Goodwill rep Kathy Rometty.

While it's all for charity, there's also the business side as well. For a lot of these entrepreneurs, it's about salesmanship and marketing.

These students hope that maybe, just maybe, they've stumbled upon that next great big, money making idea.

"Right, I mean, who knows? This thing could be $1 million, who knows? Maybe there's some mega jiga-watt capacitor in here. Who knows?" said Kettering student Zach Irey.

For more information on Wednesday night's boom box auction at Kettering, click HERE.

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