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$2,082
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 11 2012
$2,082
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
19
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 11 2012

About

LEDock™ is a positionable and rotatable iPhone dock that features photography ring lighting. It shoots quick, stable, hands free video, and keeps your phone accessible, handy, easy to record, hear and use.

LEDock is Patent Pending. 

WHITE LEDock™ with White iPhone 4s
WHITE LEDock™ with White iPhone 4s

The docking method is single handed, fits any iPhone, even with most protective cases.  And, it was designed to be easily updated to iPhone 5.

BLACK LEDock with iPhone Classic
BLACK LEDock with iPhone Classic

DESIGN and PROTOTYPING

With LEDock our initial design objectives were to allow single-handed docking, positioning, and rotation of any iPhone with improved stability and brighter lighting. 

FACETIME & SKYPE - HOW DO YOU LOOK?

LEDock removes the odd camera angles and distance by positioning the camera lens at eye level, above your desktop. The articulating design of the dock's arm keeps the phone in position when lifted or pushed away. This armed dock is the ideal remedy for shaky handheld video and photography, getting you closer to looking like an Apple FaceTime ad.

RING LIGHTING

Ring Lighting provides eye-popping detail and surrounds the camera's lens with shadow reducing light.  Ring Lighting is often used by professional photographers, for fashion magazine covers, music videos, etc...  LEDock combines this shadow-free ring lighting with your VIDEO and Photography, HANDS FREE!

Shutter Speed Comparison - LEDock w/ iPhone 4s
Shutter Speed Comparison - LEDock w/ iPhone 4s
ISO Comparison - LEDock w/ iPhone 4s
ISO Comparison - LEDock w/ iPhone 4s

iPHONE 5 UPGRADEABLE!
LEDock will fit any current iPhone, the dock is also adjustable for most cases! We did this by using a color coded ABS slider and a nylon thumbscrew.

Back side of WHITE LEDock, showing the slider and nylon thumbscrew.
Back side of WHITE LEDock, showing the slider and nylon thumbscrew.

LEDock promotes case-free confidence with two options, a soft silicone boot or spongy EVA foam with adhesive backing. Both options help secure your naked iPhone without a scratch when properly positioned between your iPhone and the adjustable slider.

3D Rendering of LEDock with an iPhone 4
3D Rendering of LEDock with an iPhone 4
BLACK LEDock™ with Black iPhone 4
BLACK LEDock™ with Black iPhone 4

108 LEDs

The 108 LEDs of LEDock utilize a mere 8 watts of power, and are oriented around the iPhone for the most flattering camera lighting. LEDs are vastly more efficient, eco-friendly, silent, longer lasting and modern looking. The LEDs of LEDock generate little heat, and look amazing.

108 LEDs of BLACK LEDock
108 LEDs of BLACK LEDock

REMOTE CORD SHUTTER

The 7" LEDock has an open design for future iPhone compatibility, uncluttered button access, and to access the headphone jack for remote shutter control.

Open access to headphone jack, with prototype EVA Foam pad on slider
Open access to headphone jack, with prototype EVA Foam pad on slider
DID YOU KNOW !  The volume + button on the headphone cord will remotely release the shutter, LEDock maximizes this functionality.
DID YOU KNOW ! The volume + button on the headphone cord will remotely release the shutter, LEDock maximizes this functionality.
Remote Shutter using Headphone's Volume + Button
Remote Shutter using Headphone's Volume + Button

ARTICULATING ARM
LEDock's articulating arm positions Siri for convenience and helps her understand quiet speech! LEDock brings the mic closer, improving speakerphone, voice-recognition for texting and emails, increases accuracy with hands-free dictation, and speaker volume can be reduced at your desk!
You might want a second LEDock next to your bed for watching NetFlix, checking email, hearing your alarm, and for waking every day with a fully charged battery!

Bedside use of LEDock, Battery Charged while watching NetFlix
Bedside use of LEDock, Battery Charged while watching NetFlix

TABLE CLAMP

We will ship each LEDock with a color-coded table clamp. There are stands and wheeled dolly options, but we must first reach our funding goal.

WHITE color coded table clamp
WHITE color coded table clamp
Cord Cleat (Black), USB Extension cord and Apple Sync cable.  All included with each LEDock.
Cord Cleat (Black), USB Extension cord and Apple Sync cable. All included with each LEDock.

SYNC CORD

Included with each LEDock is a coiled sync cord AND a 10' USB extension cord.  They are kept external for cost-savings, function and iPhone 5 compatibility, just in case the iPhone cord changes. The LEDs are powered separately from the sync cable so LEDock functions as the most efficient LED lamp with or without your iPhone.

BLACK LEDock removed from Lamp to show cord slot and routing.
BLACK LEDock removed from Lamp to show cord slot and routing.

The sync cord is coiled after exiting the back of the dock to manage the cord length when rotating or positioning your iPhone.

The 10' USB extension cord is held with four (4) color-coded cord cleats to the articulating arm.  They hold the cord to the arm, but allow the cord to slide and are easily repositioned.

BLACK color-coded cord cleats
BLACK color-coded cord cleats

The lamp used for LEDock is UL listed, and is designed for use in North America.  Initially, we will NOT be offering international power configurations to simplify the manufacturing, quality control and accuracy of order fulfillment.

iPAD AND iPOD 

Friends have already requested LEDock for the iPad and iPod. We certainly plan to make LEDock for your tablet, but with our limited resources, we chose to focus first on the iPhone.  If we gain more than 2000 backers then we will be able to also offer the sliders for the iPod Touch.  The iPad design is a considerably larger project than adapting for the iPod Touch. We hope you won't hesitate to share your enthusiasm and ideas for what LEDock might improve in the future.

FUNDING GOAL

The funds needed for this project are for the tooling, and machining costs. This coupled with the minimum order quantity of 500 is what has set our goal at $50,000.  If we fund over $200,000 then we will be able to machine the aluminum, make the docking parts and assemble your LEDock in the USA! 

QUALITY CONTROL 

The design of the dock insert was revised many times to make Quality Control inherent and save on material waste. The assembly is extremely simple, fast, inexpensive, requires no hand tools, adhesives or paint.  The aluminum is CNC machined 6061, media blasted and anodized to match the iPhone in appearance and build quality.

Macro shot of machined 6061 Aluminum and Black Polyjet prototype material.
Macro shot of machined 6061 Aluminum and Black Polyjet prototype material.

MANUFACTURING
The plastic components are made from ABS with the cover for the slider made from silicon. The 6061 aluminum halo and axle will also be machined and assembled at the same factory. 

Machined Aluminum, Black ABS and Silicon Parts - These are just prototypes.
Machined Aluminum, Black ABS and Silicon Parts - These are just prototypes.

The 7” LED lamp (exactly as shown) will be shipped to the machining and assembly facility.  Once assembled, they will be shipped to either an order fulfillment close to home, or we will fulfill them ourselves.  We'll use Propeller, because we know the owner Earl, his facilities are very close to home, he has been doing it for many years, and he keeps us and customers closely informed and involved.  We will ship via STAMPS.com, and will use first class USPS shipping with tracking, unless your address isn't served by them.  We might be able to accommodate special shipping requests, be sure to stay in touch with us and watch the kickstarter updates.

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Funding period

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