Fun and functional products for your everyday complicated life.
Students, professionals and people on-the-go use their iPhone every minute or so. Doing that while synced or docked is pretty tough. It’s picked up and then put down to make a call, then picked up to send a text message and put down again. Need to reply to an email? Pick it up and then put it down again. Miss a call? Pick it up one more damn time to listen to a voicemail then down on the desk again. It’s up, down, up down, up, down...in your pocket, sit on it, out your pocket, in the charger, out the charger and hot potatoes all day long.
-We fix this problem
The iPhone is a vehicle for navigating our lives just like a car is for driving us around.
However, the iPhone’s steering wheel is never in front of our faces like the steering wheel is and we steer with our thumbs. The iPhone's steering wheel isn't big for precision steering, rather it has a tiny one that facilitates frustrating mistakes while steering with clumsy thumbs. If you were driving a car and had to pull a miniature steering wheel out of your pocket to make a turn every single time, you would want to fix that right? Well, we did that...we fixed it with the UB3Rdock and it psuedo-suspends your iPhone while synced or dock so you can use it like you normally use it.
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*All backers will have their own personal backer number laser etched on each product. Thank you in advance for your support :)
The UB3Rdock was designed to perform beyond the function of a normal docking situation. The main goal, "Keep the usability of the iphone when docked while adding improved functionality." The big wins are hand held usability and amplified audio with zero electronics!
A couple of nice surprises arose from the pre-production aluminum docks. We like the BIG rubber pads that are so sticky and feels nice and firm atop our desks.
The other is the use of Siri. Originally the pseudo-amplified iPhone speaker was intended to listen to music and improve the speakerphone functionality, but now talking to Siri on a 4S while docked is a nice bonus!
BTW, we particularly like the fact that this dock has only one little M3 screw...
At the end of the day, holding/texting or gaming the iPhone in landscape is cumbersome. Our thumbs just don't work nicely in that cramped space, so this product puts it in the sweet spot and enhances the sound. Ryan just can't shut-up about how much he is stoked on using the UB3Rgamer for writing longer emails with less errors.
We spent countless hours trying to figure out how to secure the 29 billion different cases that are available for the iPhone 4/4S. Well, we finally did it with a simple and easy thumbwheel that wasn't so obvious in the beginning; but it finally came to us after going back to the basics.
So this one is good to listen to music, play games, use as a stand to watch a video or text all day and all night long...And again, the added bonus of rocking-out without earbuds is nice. It makes a BIG difference when you hold it in your hand and as you notice, it's small...smaller than the iPhone.
Baubaks favorite, the UB3R stand blends fun and functional. We didn't anticipate how nice it is to just put the iphone down, play some music and do whatever it is we want to do without earbuds and cables catching on things.
It's been nice to use while cooking in the kitchen, doing laundry or tooling around in the garage where you have to use your hands. We used it recently on the airplane and man, it's convenient. The bullet nose design was incorporated for traveling; it slips nicely into pockets or backpacks.
UB3R showed up one day while completely frustrated with the thumb wheel design of the gamer and stand. Baubak said, "Hey we should offer a simple little stand like this piece of plastic I have..." Ryan answered, "Let's do it with UB3R!" Now we have a very basic stand and a new buddy.
Check out the status updates: UB3R+ is going to be added for no additional costs!
*All the products(except UB3R) create a louder listening experience from reverberation. The UB3Rdock's front chambers and the gamer/stand bullet nose are specifically designed to do this. It doesn't really amplify the sound pressure to increase decibels(need a cone to do that), but as you can see and hear in the video, it's definitely louder.
We hope we put a smile on your face if you made it this far :) For more information, new products and updates; check out the website www.ub3rfun.com.
We did our best to figure out a way to keep manufacturing costs down by using aluminum extrusions. By using extrusions with CNC machining, we were able to drop the costs significantly.
So far, we have a dozen finished aluminum docks, ready to make a few tweaks and start the process of production.
Made in U.S.A
We could have made our products out of a cheaper material overseas, but we believe the right thing to do is to make it right here in the USA rather than exploit cheap labor and work conditions that are not cool at all. We've visited the factories and manufacturing environments overseas...we don't support it. Sure some are acceptable, but that's not our gig. Made in USA all the way.
It's crazy how expensive it is to develop an idea. We wanted to fully develop our concepts and hence, decided to spend all of our money on 3D printing prototypes and CNC machining pre-production versions of the products rather than hiring graphic designers, photographers and movie making experts; iMovie and the Canon G11 are amazing!
We are asking for help to fund the manufacture of at least 400 of each product. Funding will go to the tooling for the extrusions used to make the dock and the gamer/stand. Plus, we've included everything else all the way to flat rate shipping. If we meet our goal, we will be able to deliver 400 or more of each and launch a new company! Check out the FAQ for a break down of our funding goal.
Three months ago, Ryan was frustrated using his iPhone to make cold calls in his office and tired of wearing earbuds all day long. So he decided to design and 3D print a dock that did what he wanted. As people walked in and out of his office, he started hearing a lot of people say, "Wow, what is that!"
When Baubak returned from China, Ryan asked if he wanted to give it a go with him...build a brand, build a website and do something different. What happened next was pure synergy.
We extend our deepest appreciation to Jon and Cindy Drury of Extreme Precision Machining in Santa Clara, CA for creating the space for this project to even start; without them, none of this would be possible.
More thanks to our families and friends that have always believed in us and supported us unconditionally. It's the rocket sauce that keeps us working so hard. Thank you and a big hug!
May is a time we are confident to deliver production parts. I have done this so many times that I just no better than to push it. It’s always better to deliver early. In fact, most likely that is the case. I learned the hard way when tooling up extrusions at Tesla Motors for the battery enclosure. It takes time, and you are the mercy of the supplier when your just a little dreamer trying to make something happen and ordering 2500 pounds of aluminum! 2500 pounds of aluminum is a lot of aluminum...sometimes there are 12 week lead times, yikes!
Hence, we though it was best to plan for a May delivery and then hopefully be able to surprise all of our backers with an earlier delivery once we get completely finalized.
Right now we have a couple of extrusions houses that are working on finalizing the time commitments and firm pricing so we should know more within the next week.
Well, to get to this point we have used 3D printing and CNC machining of billet aluminum blocks for prototypes and the pre-production docks.
Basically, to make these products is to buy blocks of aluminum and machine (chip-away) the material until we reach the final product. Well, that’s the quick way...and the VERY expensive way to manufacture. That’s what we did to make our pre-production versions of the product so we could launch on Kickstarter and debut at the CES show.
The last reward for February delibery is all about billet aluminum machining. We already have the toolign to make docks with this process. It’s just more expensive because a big block of aluminum and the time to machine it is long and thus expensive. The bonus, is you basically get your dock now!
We are firm in our decision to make all of our products here in the U.S.A. and in so doing, we are incurring higher costs to manufacture.
We don’t profit one cent if we meet our funding goal but will be able to deliver 400 of each product.
It’s tough to do what we are doing when we are a little guy. Everything is more expensive, plus we have no leverage with suppliers.
Also, we know what we are doing. We have done this many times through-out are careers for our previous employers. From manufacturing robotic front end wafer handlers to electric vehicles, the costs to manufacture any product is pretty crazy.
What we included in our $80,000 is the cost of the aluminum extrusion tooling ($13,500), the cost of 2500 pounds of aluminum ($6,500), the cost of 3D Printing to perform the final tuning of the UB3Rgamer/stand ($6,000) and overhead to operate for 3 months($15,000).
Cost Breakdown to manufacture 400 of each:
3DP Lease + Materials
Total Tooling Costs
Total Material Costs
Please add $20 for shipping to Canada & Mexico and $45 to the rest of the world. Thanks everyone!
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