iHook Dual Edition: dock system for Apple iPod Nano 6G and Shuffle. Keep tiny units firmly at hand. For home, work, vehicles, sports.
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We are design guys. Much of our work starts with something we create for our own use. The idea for the iHook system came from our personal need to use our iPod Nanos in our cars. We wanted to mount the Nano on the dashboard to make it visible and within reach. The only available device was a universal mount that was too bulky and unreliable. This is how the first iHooks were born.
A United States Patent is pending for this project.
During the design process, it became clear that miniature devices demand firm platforms wherever they are used. One or two iHooks would never be enough! We decided to seek funds for tooling so that iHooks could be mass produced.
Apple decided to halt production of their wonderful Sixth generation iPod Nano just as we launched the original iHook. Creative people find new solutions! Apple's iPod Shuffle has a similar square form factor and built-in clip. It's half the price of the old Nano 6G, and it's actively promoted. The Shuffle joins the millions of treasured Sixth Generation Nanos that still in use. So we designed a new iHook - the Dual Edition.It supports both the current Shuffle and the Nano 6G.
We've redesigned our project as well as the iHook! We are determined to deliver the iHook to people in the Kickstarter community who loved it. We can laser-cut blanks for this product without the tooling that is required for mass production. We also eliminated color anodizing. We then created limited rewards for early supporters. The first 100 PLEDGES will enable us to produce the iHook Dual Edition.
So jump on board and be one of those first 100! If you want to assure production, ask your friends to support this project too. The amount is modest, and we'll reward you with a wonderful product for your Shuffle or Nano. The iHook Dual Edition could become a cult classic like the 6G itself.
What's important is that with just 100 supporters, we'll be delivering a set of iHooks to YOU.
To make the iHook as simple as possible we used Apple's built-in device clip as the connector in our design. The compact size of our product matches both of Apple's clip-based MP3 players perfectly. The design makes it possible to mount an iPod Nano or Shuffle on any available surface.
An iHook will give you easy and convenient access to your Nano in an automobile or on a bicycle, motorcycle, airplane, furniture, wrist band and even clothing. While the dashboard of a car is the obvious choice for the Nano or Shuffle placement, the sun visor, center console or windshield may also be used to mount the iHook.
Originally conceived for use in the car, iHook evolved into a solution for use everywhere you use your iPod. The iHook is not your normal desktop docking station. It is a truly unique and universal solution. It is the answer for a tiny device that always needs a firm mount. Here are few examples:
For sports lovers and people on the go: stitch the lightweight iHook on your clothes and make a fashion statement. Running, jumping or snowboarding – with an iHook, you are guaranteed never to lose your Nano or Shuffle.
If you are a two-wheel user, either bicycle, motorcycle or scooter, the iHook is the ONLY EXISTING solution to have your miniature iPods visible and handy. Mount it on a handle bar, fuel tank or windshield and ride safely!
The iPod Nano 6G is so tiny that even a cable attaching it to a home theater sometimes overwhelms the little device. To keep the cable in place, use the iHook solution. The iHook and your Nano will be stylish, even if the home entertainment cable isn’t.
Yes, the iPod Nano and Shuffle are tiny, but the iHook attachment system is even smaller. It’s so small that it can be attached to a remote control — of course you’ll need a wireless transmitter for your player. Relax on a couch and listen to your favorite tunes with your control in your hand.
Whether you use a Mac or a PC, you can use an iHook to attach these elegant MP3 players securely at your workstation. You can prevent cables from accidentally pulling your device to the floor, or simply keep it from getting lost in a pile of pers. Attach an iHook to the computer itself, or to the monitor.
Place your Nano or Shuffle in an iHook on your desk or night stand. Feel the pleasant ergonomics and the rigid stability. Enjoy the added visibility of your iPod in its angled base. Make your iPod feel “at home” anywhere you use it!
The iHook is constructed of high-grade aluminum. It will be anodized to protect its finish.
We designed the iHook universal mount for convenience to stick, glue, screw, rivet or tie-wrap, depending on the surface requirements.
We also designed the shape of the clip for a fast and easy one hand snap-on for the Nano and Shuffle. Once the little iPod is sitting in the cradle it has a much stronger, more secure grip than the original clip.
In order to control quality and minimize delivery time, we have decided to manufacture the iHook at a local plant in California. Two companies will manufacture and finish the iHook.
All design has been completed. Prototype testing has been completed by our team. We are currently in the process of tooling and fixture design. We are working closely with the manufacturer in this process. Our tooling and production costs have been established. All iHooks will be checked for quality and shipped from our Simi Valley studio.
How your support will help
We have invested our own capital in the design and development of the iHook system, and in the creation of prototypes. During creation of the iHook Dual Edition, we invested additional funds and also found ways to reduce manufacturing costs. As a result, our capital needs for tooling and production are substantially reduced.
We need your support to create the tooling needed for production quantities of the iHook Dual Edition. Help us bring this neat solution to the Apple music player community!
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All manufacturing processes face setup and quality control challenges. We have already produced prototypes in a factory that we plan to use for the iHook Dual Edition. (Our video shows a Computer Numerically Controlled machine cutting one of the iHook prototype blanks.) We have the option of using either CNC machine cutting or laser cutting, depending upon the number of backers for our first production run. All iHooks will be inspected, packaged and shipped at our Simi Valley studio to assure quality control.
The iHook Dual Edition can be used with BOTH the iPod Nano Sixth Generation and the iPod Shuffle Fourth Generation. The Shuffle 4G is widely available and actively promoted by Apple. The Shuffle is even smaller than the Nano 6G.
To accommodate the smaller Shuffle, the iHook Dual Edition is also smaller. There are now two notches in the mounting surface. The notches are placed to hold the ridge at the end of each of the clips on the Nano and the Shuffle, respectively.
Shuffle YES, Nano NO.
The iHook was specifically designed for the iPod Nano Sixth Generation.(The Nano 6G is the square unit that can be used as a watch.)The secret to the iHook's stability and ease of use is its solid lock using the device's built-in clip.
The Seventh Generation iPod Nano is a completely different product.Apple has taken its magnificent Sixth Generation jewel and replaced it with a larger iPod.The new Seventh Generation Nano has no built-in clip.
The iHook Dual Edition was specifically designed to hold BOTH the Nano Sixth Generation and the Shuffle Fourth Generation.When Apple launched the new iPod Nano 7G, the Shuffle got a new set of colors at the same time.Some online stores call these newer Shuffles "Fifth Generation".The physical device is the same; only the colors are different.iHook Dual Edition works with all flavors of the square Shuffle.
People who want a tiny, high-quality music player for sport and vehicle use can buy Apple's Shuffle for about half the price of the discontinued Nano.Since the Shuffle is controlled mostly by the buttons on its front, one-finger use requires a stable platform.iHook is the answer.
Frankly, we think the Nano 6G is going to become a cult classic.There are millions of them out there.iHook is the ONLY practical solution that provides mounting stability for this little device.
Apple stores have returned all unsold Nano 6Gs to Apple warehouses.Apple will sell "refurbished" Nano 6Gs online, until their supply is exhausted.You can still get a like-new version of this classic MP3 player.
Mounting the iHook is simple and universal.In most cases you just use double sided glue tape of your choice.The tape is easily applied, and only requires a clean surface.It provides enormous holding force.(We recommend using a name brand like 3M for best results.)Double-sided glue tape is also easy to remove (if you are upgrading your car, for example) by using Goo Gone or a similar solution.
For bike handle bars, plastic tie wraps are the natural choice.If you are handy with tools, using screws can provide a nicely-finished solution.If you are into fashion, you'll probably want to stitch the iHook to clothing.You can also use buttons or fashion rivets to make your statement.For ultimate flexibility, use your imagination and modify your iHook in any way possible.The iHook is made of aluminum.It's easy to bend and machine.Since the cost of a set of iHooks is reasonable, you can't go wrong.
Because you use your music iPods everywhere!This project is conceptually different from expensive docking stations.We designed a simple mount so that it is economical to use many of them.You can place an iHook in any location where you want stability and visibility for your clip-based iPod.
The Nano 6G's built-in clip makes it easy to attach and detach the iPod when you move around. When the iPod is on an iHook, it won't get lost or pulled away by its audio cord.
We are engineers, so we start with function. However we also believe that there is art in good design. That's why we wanted the iHook to look as good as the product it holds. Ergonomics is our way of connecting both function and artistic design.
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TREND SETTER: You know a great idea when you see it, and will get a packaged kit of 3 iHooks (retail value $55). You'll want an iHook everywhere you use your Nano or Shuffle -- in the car, in the house, and at the office. FREE shipping in the US! (Add $15 for international, most countries.)Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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PROJECT HERO: Help the iHook reach its goal early. We'll say "Thank you!" with a premium shirt that has iHook and 'crowd funding MOGUL' printed on the back and your name embroidered on the front. It will be a one-of-a-kind reward made just for you. In addition, you'll get a set of 3 iHooks or the project T-shirt - your choice. FREE shipping in the US! (Add $15 for international, most countries.)Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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