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The ONE{DOCK} is a quality metal dock designed for Apple and Samsung cell phones. Charge dock, audio dock, HD video dock..you{choose}

{STOP PRESS}: In addition to the ONE{DOCK}, the ONE{DOCK}-PLUS for Apple and Samsung Tablets and Cell phones is now available (image available below).

The ONE{DOCK} - not just a pretty face.....

The ONE{DOCK} is an idea that I have been kicking around for a few years, and Kickstarter has inspired me to take it to the next level.....and I would greatly appreciate your help in bringing it to the market.

The design is finished, I have a long standing manufacturing partner ready to go and I have over 15 years product development experience.....all of this means I will deliver your dock within 6-8 weeks.

Every ONE{DOCK} comes with a charge cable of your choice (Apple 30 pin or micro-USB for Samsung cell phones) and a USB wall plug to suit your region (US / UK / Australia).  The cable and wall charger are black.

ONE{DOCK} + iPhone 5
ONE{DOCK} + iPhone 5

"Design Concept"

Cell phone docks are typically made of plastic, suit one type of cell phone and have fixed levels of functionality.  My goal is to create a dock that is machined from solid aluminium (to ensure a high quality look and feel) but can be configured to suit your cell phone model and the level of functionality that is meaningful to you.  The way I have been able to achieve this is by creating a solid metal base unit which can retain one of a number of custom plastic inserts (provided) specifically designed to hold a range of cell phone connector cables.  For example, the ONE{DOCK} can be configured to provide charge to your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, alternatively if you desire a high quality audio or HD video-out connection (both with integrated charge) then this can be achieved by combining the base unit with the desired cable.  1 base unit, configurable to the level of functionality that you desire for your Apple or Samsung cell phone.  

The other main advantage of this innovative idea is the 'future proof' nature of the design.  The ONE{DOCK} will accommodate Apple's standard 30 pin connector cable, as well as their 30 pin AV cable and the new Lightning connector (including Lightning-to-HDMI).  So if you have an iPhone 4S but will be upgrading to an iPhone 5, then this is the dock for you.

Samsung Galaxy S3 + ONE{DOCK}
Samsung Galaxy S3 + ONE{DOCK}
ONE{DOCK} + iPhone 4 + Apple AV Cable
ONE{DOCK} + iPhone 4 + Apple AV Cable
ONE{DOCK}-PLUS for cell phones and tablets (CAD image only)
ONE{DOCK}-PLUS for cell phones and tablets (CAD image only)

"Construction"

As touched upon above, every ONE{DOCK} will be precision machined from aluminium.  The aluminium is then bead-blast (a process used by Apple to create a smooth, consistent surface finish).  To harden the aluminium, a process called 'anodizing' will be performed (this process can also be used to change the colour of the dock, from silver, to black).  Laser etching of the logo on the front face completes the process (and allows for personalization should you desire, perhaps as a one off gift or as an innovative corporate gift idea?  Just drop me a line and we'll adapt our process to suit your needs).

The custom plastic inserts are injection moulded.  Silicone rubber feet are adhered to the underside of the dock to provide a high quality, non-slip base.

"Configuration"

To configure your ONE{DOCK}, the underside is removed by undoing the two M4 countersunk screws (a hex-head key is provided), the correct plastic insert is then placed into the dock from the top, the corresponding connector cable is then inserted and held firmly in place by tightening the hidden M4 hex screw in the back of the unit (although not shown on the video, all 3 screws will use the same hex-head supplied). The amount the connector protrudes can be adjusted depending on the cell phone case you have fitted (if any).....so the dock will work with any iPhone case.  The base is then replaced and your ONE{DOCK} is ready to use.

Apple AV Cable + ONE{DOCK}
Apple AV Cable + ONE{DOCK}

"How?"

I have over 15 years experience in the product development and manufacturing industry.  The design of the ONE{DOCK} has been aligned with the chosen manufacturing processes and materials to ensure the product can be produced to the highest possible quality.  Furthermore, the rigor that has gone into the development of this product means that I am confident of being able to meet the realistic delivery time that I have set - so you won't be disappointed by any delivery delays.

"Thank you"

Thank you for taking the time to read about my Kickstarter project.  I hope you like what you've read and will help me bring this product to market.  If you have any questions, or just want to get in touch, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Jamie

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PRODUCTION PLAN {overview}

The ONE{DOCK} design is complete, all parts have been modeled using 3D CAD software and the parts reviewed by a tool-maker. A fully working prototype of the product has been made and tested. Importantly, the prototype has been made using the same manufacturing processes and finishes as those that will be used in production (CNC machining, bead blasting and anodizing). To simulate the plastic parts, a fused deposition process has been used (this is a commonly used prototyping technique). In production, the plastic inserts (to suit Apple and Samsung connector cables) will be injection moulded to create high quality, robust parts. At this stage our intent is to use polycarbonate to make the plastic parts, this will permit us to make the parts clear and apply a frosted finish to the visual surfaces to create a high quality yet unobtrusive system appearance.

The ONE{DOCK} does not include any electrical components (such as a PCB), this reduces development risk significantly.

Our manufacturing partner is based in Taiwan and has been briefed about the project, furthermore, I have used this supplier many times in the past and can personally vouch for their quality and delivery (otherwise I wouldn't be using them). The longest lead time item will be the injection mould tools required to make the plastic inserts to suit the various cables (for Apple & Samsung cell phones / iPods). These tools will take 4-6 weeks to manufacture; we will use this time to machine, bead blast and anodize the base units. The silicone rubber 'feet' (that will be adhered to the base of the unit) require a knife die to be made, these tools are quick (less than 1 week) and cheap to make.

Having worked in the product design, mechanical engineering and manufacturing industry for 15 years I am confident that I will be able to deliver this product, on time and to a high quality. If you have any questions regarding the manufacturing and distribution phases, please do not hesitate to contact me.

FAQ

  • At present, no (sorry), but I'm looking into the option of creating a version that will suit Apple and Samsung tablets so please check back soon (it will be a new product as opposed to a change to the current one - aesthetically I believe this is the best option).

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  • The ONE{DOCK} is a collaborative project between myself and a friend who is based in the US.

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  • The product will be made in Taiwan by a long standing friend and colleague of mine who I have used in the past for manufacturing high quality products (such as the Sieben iDock). Therefore, unless you would like to collect your ONE{DOCK} yourself ;-) you will need to add $15 for shipping (this is 'at cost').

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    ONE{DOCK} for Samsung. Receive a solid aluminium ONE{DOCK} including a micro-USB charge/data cable and USB wall charger (USA, Europe or Australia) to suit your Samsung Galaxy (SI, SII or SIII) cell phone. This dock will retail for $90. This configuration connects your Samsung Galaxy cell phone to your PC/Mac for data sync. It also connects to your mains wall outlet for charging (cable and charger provided to suit USA, Europe and Australian plug types). Plastic inserts to suit a mini-USB cable (supplied), Apple 30 pin standard and AV cables as well as Apple's Lightning cable will also be provided. (Please add $15 for shipping regardless of your location)

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    This is a bit special: ONE{DOCK}-BLK for Samsung Galaxy in limited edition BLACK with polished bevel edges. Receive a solid aluminium ONE{DOCK} in limited edition BLACK, including a charge/data cable and USB wall charger to suit your Samsung Galaxy (SI, SII, SIII or Nexus). This dock will retail for $120. This configuration connects your Samsung cell phone to your PC/Mac for data sync. It also connects to your mains plug for charging. Plastic inserts to suit a micro-USB cable (supplied), Apple's 30 pin standard and AV cables as well as Apple's Lightning cable will be provided. (Please add $15 for shipping regardless of your location)

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    This is a bit special: ONE{DOCK}-BLK for iPhone in limited edition BLACK with polished bevel edges (just like your iPhone 5 - NICE!). Receive a solid aluminium ONE{DOCK} in limited edition BLACK, including a charge/data cable and USB wall charger to suit your Apple iPhone 3 or 4 / iPod (the dock and wall plug will work with your iPhone 5, but a Lightning-to-USB cable will not be provided). This dock will retail for $120. This configuration connects your iPhone/iPod to your PC/Mac for data sync. It also connects to your mains plug for charging. Plastic inserts to suit Apple 30 pin standard and AV cables as well as Apple's Lightning cable (including Lightning-to-HDMI) will be provided. (Please add $15 for shipping)

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    NEW: ONE{DOCK}-PLUS in BLACK with polished bevel edges: Designed to work with Apple and Samsung TABLETS and CELL PHONES. Plastic inserts to suit Apple and Samsung cables to suit iPhone 5 / iPhone 4 / Samsung Galaxy Tab (all models), Note (all models) / SI, SII, SIII, Nexus. Comes with USB wall charger to suit your region (US/EU/AUS). Incudes free shipping.

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    Home & Office Pack. Two silver ONE{DOCK}s + free global shipping. Comes with inserts to suit Apple and Samsung cables (Apple: 30 pin to USB, 30 pin AV, Lightning, Lightning-to-AV. Samsung: micro USB). 1 Apple 30 pin charge cable and 1 micro-UBS cable included + 2 USB wall plugs (region specific).

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    Home & Office Pack. Two limited edition Black ONE{DOCK}s (with polished bevel edges) + free global shipping. Comes with inserts to suit Apple and Samsung cables (Apple: 30 pin to USB, 30 pin AV, Lightning, Lightning-to-AV. Samsung: micro USB). 1 Apple 30 pin charge cable and 1 micro-UBS cable included + 2 USB wall plugs (region specific).

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