The Jumpgate is a sleek and portable dock has an ingenious design. It can easily switch between dock and hub mode to work with your Nintendo SWITCH, laptop and smart phone.
We have spent the past 8 months ensuring that the Jumpgate Dock and AC adaptor are safe to use. Here are the tests we ran:
- 100 hours of non-stop charging test: We tested the PD (power delivery) chips in the Jumpgate Dock and AC adaptor to see if they delivered the proper volt and ampere to the SWITCH according to its battery level.
- Firmware update test: We updated the firmware when the console was connected with the Jumpgate Dock. Check out the videos:
- Plugging test: We checked to see whether the Jumpgate Dock could automatically switch between TV and tabletop mode when the USB-C and HDMI was connected or disconnected.
- Some say “the Nintendo Switch and Dock are chock full of USB-C protocol errors and flaws.”But we have a different opinion. The USB-C protocol (PD protocol) has to be amended in order to prevent the system being hacked and meet Nintendo’s prospects in the future.
- If what Nintendo said about the SWITCH only being compatible with licensed accessories was true, Nintendo should have designed a unique (different shape) socket instead of installing a universal USB-C port, or put warning stickers on the SWITCH and dock. They should have known that people (especially kids) would plug any number of devices into the SWITCH’s USB-C port.
- We believe Nintendo’s engineers conducted compatibility tests with thousands of existing USB-C devices (adaptors, battery banks, hubs, etc) during the testing procedure. However, Nintendo underestimated the potential risks since there are many products made by small companies that do not follow the USB-C (PD) protocols. Nintendo did not give SWITCH proper protection. This is the reason why the SWITCH can be bricked by certain accessories but smart phones and laptops survived.
- As long as the protocols in the accessories are in accordance with the PD protocol standards they should work perfectly with the Nintendo SWITCH. The NYCO dock had PD protocol errors; it drew too much power to the SWITCH and damaged the power management component.
Projects such as this one are required a number of molds to be made upfront, as well as a minimum order quantity needed to get this off the ground. After more the 6 months polishing and testing, we are ready to make The Jumpgate a reality!
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Risks and challenges
We delivered GripCase last year, which was our first project on Kickstarter and we’ve made a wide range of gaming accessories in the past. Our previous Kickstarter experience, combined with our strong product development background has given us great confidence in (making the Dock into existence)(accomplishing Jumpgate)(producing Jumpgate). Still, we can’t foresee every problem so we’re committed to fix any challenges that may arise during the fulfillment process.
We are mostly focused on the tooling of creating this product. Any mistake or change can lead to a delay in shipping of the products.
We’ve carefully selected our manufacturing partners to make sure our final products are of the highest quality. The products will be tested 100% before being packaged.
Shipping and logistics
Our first Kickstarter campaign taught us a lot about how to deal with a logistics provider. Besides, we will avoid Christmas rush and bad weather this time.
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