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$2,639
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 7 2015

Unify Dock - for Apple Watch and iPhone (Canceled)

The new standard for charging your Apple Watch and iPhone. Precisely machined aluminum, unified design, and a single cord.

Unify Dock - for Apple Watch and iPhone (Canceled)

The new standard for charging your Apple Watch and iPhone. Precisely machined aluminum, unified design, and a single cord.

$2,639
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
22
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 7 2015

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Update: The incredible feedback we have received has confirmed that people love Unify Dock. Unfortunately, we were so focused on making Unify Dock a great product and getting it to market that we never thought about how much marketing experience we lack. We've learned an incredible amount about crowdfunding and pre-launch strategy in the past week. We have actually been approached by a strategic partner who sees great potential in Unify Dock and wants to help make it a success. If you are interested in Unify Dock, please visit www.amillux.com and sign-up for our newsletter. This is the best way for us to keep you updated. We have worked with our suppliers to deliver even greater value and will be relaunching at an improved price point! Our anticipated delivery dates will remain the same! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. 


Andrew & Kyle
andrew@amillux.com
kyle@amillux.com

You just received your Apple Watch in the mail. You're excited as you put it on your wrist and start playing with all of the different features, noticing how the watch is lightweight and easy to use. As you go about your day, Apple Watch effortlessly keeps you connected without ever pulling out your phone. As you get ready for bed, you plug your iPhone in or dock it to charge as always. But then you realize, all you have for this gorgeous watch is a disc that snaps onto the back. There's no where to set your watch down except by your iPhone. Even the surprisingly large case that came with Apple Watch doesn't provide a solution to effortlessly charge it. This doesn't seem like a very "Apple" thing to do...

This is why we designed Unify Dock. 

Your Apple Watch should have a place to charge that's as beautiful as the Watch and iPhone themselves. We've put in a lot of late nights to make sure this is the new standard of dock for your Apple Watch and iPhone. Unified design. Unified placement. Unified charging. All of your wearable needs, solved. In one place. We are one of the first Kickstarter campaigns to launch with the actual Apple Watch! You can be sure that Unify Dock fits your Watch perfectly, 42mm or 38mm. 

Unify Dock with iPhone 6 Plus and 42mm Apple Watch Sport
Unify Dock with iPhone 6 Plus and 42mm Apple Watch Sport

With Unify Dock we have created an elegant way to display your devices while also providing the following:

  • An additional genuine Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable. Keep the charging cable that came with your Watch in the car, at the office, or in your computer bag so you're never left high and dry without a charge.
  • A low friction Apple® MFi lightning connector. Our connector ensures your iPhone docks and undocks effortlessly. And have confidence that you will be charging and syncing your iPhone though an Apple approved connector.
  • Adjustable phone support. Unify Dock fits iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, and 6 Plus with or without genuine Apple cases and with most third party cases.
  • A single cord to charge both devices. No need to search for double the outlets or double the USB ports We've developed Unify Dock to handle both your Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time.
  • Aircraft grade 6061 Aluminum. Don't settle for plastic or bargain basement aluminum alloys. Unify Dock is made from a solid block of billet aluminum with the same finish as the Apple Watch Sport.
  • A product that is designed, machined, and assembled in the United States of America. With our team having a background in manufacturing, it is important to us to support American industry.
From the beginning, Unify Dock has been designed with precision to ensure a perfect fit...
From the beginning, Unify Dock has been designed with precision to ensure a perfect fit...
for not only your Apple Watch...
for not only your Apple Watch...
but your iPhone as well.
but your iPhone as well.
Unify Dock by Amillux
Unify Dock by Amillux

Retail price for Unify Dock will be $199, so please show your support and get a great deal in the process!

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Development

Unify Dock has gone through an incredibly rapid development cycle. Moving from the initial idea to the machined aluminum prototype and PCB assembly took our dedicated team less than 4 weeks. In that time frame we worked with multiple industrial designers, graphic designers, rapid prototypers, and both domestic and international manufacturers.

Check out the photos below for an overview of the development process.

The initial circuit is sketched out on notebook paper providing single cord charging.
The initial circuit is sketched out on notebook paper providing single cord charging.
A Frankenstein creation that provides proof of concept. We were able to charge both an iPhone 6 and Bluetooth speaker simultaneously.
A Frankenstein creation that provides proof of concept. We were able to charge both an iPhone 6 and Bluetooth speaker simultaneously.
Utilizing 3D CAD modeling we created a virtual design of the Unify Dock.
Utilizing 3D CAD modeling we created a virtual design of the Unify Dock.
With an incredibly quick turn around we had our first physical prototype in hand.
With an incredibly quick turn around we had our first physical prototype in hand.
No reproductions at this stage. We tried on a space gray 42mm Apple Watch and we think it looks stunning even on our printed Unify Dock.
No reproductions at this stage. We tried on a space gray 42mm Apple Watch and we think it looks stunning even on our printed Unify Dock.
Our custom designed PCB and components ready to be installed in Unify Dock.
Our custom designed PCB and components ready to be installed in Unify Dock.
Final verification for the electrical components again charging an iPhone 6 and Bluetooth speaker. Fortunately this is a bit less hectic than our first working wire harness prototype.
Final verification for the electrical components again charging an iPhone 6 and Bluetooth speaker. Fortunately this is a bit less hectic than our first working wire harness prototype.
Visiting the shop we will be using to CNC machine the Unify Dock shell. They are very excited to be a part of the project and we'll be spitting out parts from their precision 5 axis equipment.
Visiting the shop we will be using to CNC machine the Unify Dock shell. They are very excited to be a part of the project and we'll be spitting out parts from their precision 5 axis equipment.
The final prototype of Unify Dock machined from a solid block of 6061 aluminum. The initial computer design was great, but this just looks spectacular.
The final prototype of Unify Dock machined from a solid block of 6061 aluminum. The initial computer design was great, but this just looks spectacular.
Back to the Apple Store.
Back to the Apple Store.
And finally at the photo shoot. We're excited and can't wait to get this dock in your hands!
And finally at the photo shoot. We're excited and can't wait to get this dock in your hands!

Where are we now?

  • Late April - Launch Kickstarter Campaign
  • Late May - Tooling and Pilot Run
  • June and July - Production Run
  • August - Begin Shipping to Backers

Disclaimer. 

The Apple logo and all associated media are owned by Apple, Inc. 

Risks and challenges

As with any project of this nature there are going to be challenges along the way. Fortunately we've taken multiple steps to ensure we can move to both production and more importantly shipping as quickly as possible after our project is backed.

We have already identified and met with our supplier for the machined aluminum shell of Unify Dock as well as identified suppliers and backups for all the parts that will be going into the product.

We are aware that some slight modifications will be needed for the design of the dock itself once we have both the 42mm and 38mm Apple Watches in hand as it was designed based on the best measurements and models we could find prior to launch. Additionally there may be some small dimensional changes that arise with the charging disc itself. All of these issues are understood by our suppliers and are not expected to affect shipment dates.

Fortunately we're a team of engineers with complimentary skill sets with all the necessary design tools at our immediate disposals. We're ready to get rolling the second we meet our funding goal.

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