Hi Lightnin, thanks for your input.
Unfortunately "soundproof" doesn't mean what it says on the tin
As a woodwind musician with loud instruments I have spent years on this dilemma ... Even pro "Soundproof" booths costing anything up from £6000 only reduce the noise, so a loud noise becomes acceptable. But what I have heard from viewing youtube videos with people talking with routers, I doubt the results would be acceptable regardless of the soundproofing (Sound reducing which it actually should be called).
From what I have heard from laser cutters (I may be wrong) A 50% decrease in sound would be acceptable I also saw a box made "from the instructables" which effectively brought the sound down to an acceptable level .... plus I already have some very heavy, specialized sound proof material.
I actually thought and built an actual game in the late "70's" while running a pub and did actually produce and sell to other pubs, it was very popular, so no its not a blind excitement
I agree with you outsourcing is a good idea, but I want something to play with
Plus I can experiment.
I also agree patents are rarely worth the investment, however it costs nothing to introduce a patent immediately prior to the launch of the product (as long as its never been made public) and the part I have added hasn't been made public yet. The point being that for the cost of nothing a patent application can be introduced allowing a year to carry the title "Patent Pending".
This also gives a year to decide whether to get the "claims" tightened or added by a decent lawyer or even do a bad full application (with no intention of ever following through) to extend the "Patent Pending" title