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Original3, Inc.By Original3, Inc.
First created
Original3, Inc.By Original3, Inc.
First created
$1,698
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
38
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 12 2014 8:29 PM UTC +00:00

About

    Nexus Users Deserve Better Accessories!

When we got our hands on the next gen Nexus 7 last fall, we were blown away by the quality of the hardware: fabulous display, easy to hold, and great SW integration. As long-time iPhone and iPad users, our next thought was “This is such a well-designed device — there must be a lot of cool accessories to go with it.” Many internet searches and trips to electronics stores later, we faced the sad truth that, compared to the galaxy of add-ons for iOS devices, the accessory universe for Nexus is a tiny neighborhood (with very few well-designed residents). 

Nexus Users Deserve Better Functionality!

After whining a bit about how Google could have done a better job with their wireless charger, we decided to make a better one ourselves. Rafi developed a simple, elegant design for the Nextand that provided key functions that we were looking for in a charger: 

  • Easy on, easy off (a.k.a “fiddle-free charging”): Just set the Nexus on the Nextand, and it starts charging. Put the tablet in portrait or landscape mode -- either way works. When you're ready to leave, just grab the Nexus and go -- no need to disconnect cords or cables. 
  • Keeps Nexus upright: Easily view photos, clock, to-do list, and other Android apps in either portrait or landscape while the Nexus charges.

These seemingly small, but in practice significant, tweaks give the Nextand a significant advantage over current charging solutions. Wired chargers have fiddly connectors that can be hard to connect and disconnect quickly. Wireless chargers come in many sizes and shapes, but it’s hard to position the Nexus correctly on most of them. They also keep the Nexus flat on the table, in a position that makes it pretty much useless while it’s charging.

Our prototype testers confirmed that the Nextand provided a vastly improved charging experience: 

  • Gene K., Williamsburg, VA.: “I really like that I don’t have to think about how I place my Nexus on the Nextand — it just works. I also have the Google wireless charger, which is nice and small, but I actually have to pick it up and center it on the back of my Nexus to make sure that it charges at all."
  • Mike R., Foster City, CA:”I was surprised about how important having a stand for my Nexus is. Nextand gives my Nexus a permanent place on my desk, which gives it a more prominent place in my daily life. Nextand also lets me use my Nexus as an electronic picture frame, which is a nice bonus. Without the automatic charging, I never would have enabled the picture frame. With automatic charging, I have a nice bonus of a slideshow at my desk, and I never have to worry about the Nexus running out of power."

Nexus Users Deserve Better Design!

Getting these functional advantages was important, but we also wanted the stand to have strong aesthetic appeal. Here are some sample of the many, many sketches that led to the final design:

We did 3D modeling...

Viewing options from all angles.
Viewing options from all angles.
Investigating mechanical issues
Investigating mechanical issues

We built many, many prototypes...

We started with crude prototypes.
We started with crude prototypes.
Progressed to better prototypes.
Progressed to better prototypes.
Spent a lot of time on the CNC machines, laser cutters, and 3D printers.
Spent a lot of time on the CNC machines, laser cutters, and 3D printers.

We experimented with different materials and chose eco-friendly bamboo for its great looks and durability for the base...

Bamboo base with acrylic insert
Bamboo base with acrylic insert
Top view of bamboo base
Top view of bamboo base

... and a high-impact, high-quality frosted acrylic with slightly green shine to its edges for the back.

Green edge of the acrylic insert
Green edge of the acrylic insert
Light shining through the green edge of the acrylic insert
Light shining through the green edge of the acrylic insert
Base detail
Base detail

The Nextand:

  • Looks great at the office or at home.
  • Guides the Nexus 7 to optimal charging position.
  • Charges the tablet in landscape or portrait positions.
  • Lets you use your Nexus 7 as a digital picture frame or clock.
  • Has a simple, elegant design, with eco-friendly bamboo base.
  • Is easy to set up and use.
Design looks stylish, yet appropriate, in the office...
Design looks stylish, yet appropriate, in the office...
...and elegant, but comfortable, at home.
...and elegant, but comfortable, at home.

Nexus Users Deserve a Personal Touch!

We can personalize your Nextand with up to 18 characters of text. Anything ("safe for work") goes - names, quotes, mantras, campaign slogans, etc......

Mom deserves her own, personalized Nextand.
Mom deserves her own, personalized Nextand.

Nexus Users Deserve Simple Set Up!

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Setting up your Nextand is easy:

  • Connect the Nextand's USB cable to your computer’s USB port or to a powered USB plug (i.e.— the kind that’s built into a wall or plugs into a wall outlet). 
  • Set the acrylic back into the bamboo base in either portrait or landscape orientation. Hint: the acrylic back has small cutouts on 2 sides to keep the back centered in the base.
  • Place your Nexus on the base.

Nexus Users Deserve It Soon!

Nextand Production Timeline
Nextand Production Timeline

The minute that we know that our campaign will be funded, we'll put in an order for a batch of the longest-lead parts. We expect to have parts and materials in and the line set up for the pre-production run in July and the production run in August. 

Why Kickstarter?

We love our Nexus 7s and believe they warrant accessories that match their high quality aesthetics while extending the tablets' functionality. We are asking for your help in funding this project, so that we can develop and build well-designed products for the Nexus line.  We'll manufacture some parts ourselves and do our own assembly and pack-out to keep production costs down, but we'll have to source some components, purchase materials, program the CNC machines, etc... 

Coming to Android from the Mac and iOS worlds, we see a significant unmet need for high-quality accessories specifically designed for Nexus devices. The Kickstarter community is essential in helping refine our vision for how to best meet the needs of Nexus users.  We know what we'd like to have for our own Nexus tablets, but we want to hear from you about what you'd really like to have for yours. Please send a private email with your thoughts/questions to feedback (at) original3 (dot) com.

For this Kickstarter campaign and our overall vision of high-quality Nexus accessories to be successful, we'll also need your support in getting the word out via Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media you use. We thank you in advance for helping spread the news about Nextand!

Risks and challenges

Nextand has a straightforward design, and we’ll be able to do much of the manufacturing and assembly ourselves, which gives us a lot of control over the schedule. All that said, we could still run into delays if a supplier gets a huge order that bumps us in the production run schedule or if weather conditions cause transportation delays. Also, we’ll be testing every Nextand before it ships out. If we’re not happy with the quality and performance of the finished product, we will need to re-run the production.

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    You’ll have our heartfelt thanks for your support and will be kept up to date on current and future Original3 products for the Nexus line and other developments.

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    Really Early Bird: Receive one of the first Nextands from the production line and be the envy of all your tablet-toting friends. This is about 40% off the anticipated retail price (plus free shipping in US)!

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    Still Early Bird: Get a Nextand at a special early backer price. This is about 30% off the anticipated retail price (plus free shipping in US)!

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    Personalized Nextand!!!
    We'll etch your name, motto, mantra, etc... onto the bamboo base. We'll contact you with specifics, but keep in mind that we can handle up to 18 characters of "safe for work" text.

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    Home/Work combo: you'll get 2 Nextands -- one to keep at home and one for the office, so your Nexus 7 can keep working for you while it charges in either location.

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    Home/Work personalized combo!!! You'll get 2 personalized Nextands -- one to keep at home and one for the office, so your Nexus 7 can keep working for you while it charges in either location.

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