Hello all you Vanagon owners out there! After almost a year of development, CampSkills is proud to present our first product for the VW Vanagon - the Vanagon Smart Tray. It replaces the stock Vanagon ashtray with a smart phone dock. But we didn't stop there; we also built in a outlet for the Go Westy Stereo Toggle (sold separately) while maintaining the catch-all utility of the ash tray- i.e. a quick place to stash some change or a toll ticket.
The 2 part design allows for maximum flexibility.
- There is no need to take out the entire unit when changing connector cables. Hold the Base Tray in place and remove the Phone Dock to access the different phone connectors.
- The 2 part design also allows for the opportunity to integrate different devices or products if this Kickstarter is a success.
We took the time to get the details right. The notch on the back of the phone dock gives access to the free connectors; allowing other phones to charge.
Here is how it all goes together:
We did our best to make the Vanagon Smart Tray accommodate as many smart phones as possible. The Smart Tray will accommodate most modern phones. We have tested with as many phones as we could in iPhone6, 6Plus, iPhone 5 and Andoid Nexus 5X. You can easily measure your phone to check.
Width: 85mm X Depth: 11mm
The Design is DONE.
The Engineering is DONE.
The injection Molder is Ready.
The USB Cables are sourced.
Now we need your help. We need 30K to get this off the ground. This includes tooling for injection molding and shipping the first run of 1000 units, the cost of USB cables and distribution to our funders!!
Risks and challenges
Our challenges include working with the injection molder to make sure the cables fit properly. The challenge with this design was keeping it as simple and efficient as possible. Out connectors friction fit into the dock so there may be a bit of back and forth with molder to get that right.
The product of that would only add a bit of unplanned time to production.
- (60 days)