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Podi-m. An elegant, smart, sturdy dock that matches the styling and build quality of your iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini. Micro USB option! Read more

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Podi-m. An elegant, smart, sturdy dock that matches the styling and build quality of your iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini. Micro USB option!

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Miss the Kickstarter campaign? Order Podi-m at  

                         www.podi-m.com



                 **NEW** Micro USB option!! 

Charge your Kindle Fire, Samsung device and other Android devices with Podi-m!

"Podi-m is a beautiful dock for your Lightning device" - idownloadblog.com

"It’s a work of art with elegance and style and charges your iPhone in prime position." - Simonblog

"Looking for a sleek and attractive display dock? The Podi-m might be the Lightning connector accessory you are looking for.." - Padgadget

Favorite Kickstarter Project - Bite My Apple

"Matching the design of the iPhone 5 perfectly and providing a clever – and, more importantly, a safe – means of docking"-  Appadvice

"The first iPhone dock that can be defined by Apple's standards"- Appelstijl

Podi-m is the dock that Apple should have designed. 

Photograph by Nir Schneider, Gadgetmac
Photograph by Nir Schneider, Gadgetmac

Your phone is more than a piece of equipment. It has become the benchmark for sleek sophistication and elegant design that actually says something about the user. You want only the best. You appreciate superior form and utility.

So if your phone, and by extension its user, is a model of streamlined sophistication and functionality, why must we use chargers and docks that only add clutter or diminish the elegance of our phone and workspace? Well, this is your chance to change all that.

Meet Podi-m, a dock that's more than a charging station. It's a functional piece of art that lets you undock with one hand. 

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Podi-m is designed to perfectly match the styling of the iPhone. 

photograph by Nir Schneider, Gadgetmac
photograph by Nir Schneider, Gadgetmac

From the stainless trim of the iPhone 4 and 4s, to the beautiful bevel of the iPhone 5, it's the first dock to match the build quality and beauty of your Apple device. 

Podi-m weighs in at a hefty 1.87 pounds (30 ounces) for easy one-handed docking and undocking, and has a non-skid silicone pad on the bottom to keep it in place. 

The dock is as smart as it is beautiful. It's machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum and weighted by two steel discs inside the base, to ensure it stays put while undocking your phone.

Why wait around for Lightning connector availability? The first 500 Podi-m's ships in Dec! The rest in Feb!

Podi-m makes a great Christmas Gift!
Podi-m makes a great Christmas Gift!

Podi-m gives your existing charging cable a beautiful place to live. Each Podi-m includes standard 30-pin and Lightning connector adapters. This allows you to use your existing charging cables, eliminating having to wait around for Lightning Connector availability and giving you the freedom to upgrade your device at any time. The adapter pivots with your natural movement to ensure easy undocking. 

Podi-m works with any case!

The height of the connector is also adjustable, so it will fit any case, no matter how thick it is. Podi-m holds your existing connector securely with a stainless steel set screw that nests in the underside of the aluminum plate. The dock is assembled with two stainless steel allen screws, so it’s easy to change out connectors whenever you want.  

Lightning connector adjusted for use with no case. Nylon tipped set screw won’t scratch your cable
Lightning connector adjusted for use with no case. Nylon tipped set screw won’t scratch your cable
Lightning connector adjusted for use with a case. Nylon tipped set screw wont scratch your cable.
Lightning connector adjusted for use with a case. Nylon tipped set screw wont scratch your cable.

Podi-m in iPhone 5 styling is made from anodized aluminum with an etched aluminum top and bottom and precision machined bevels, matching the beautiful finish of your iPhone 5. The aluminum body is finished with a high gloss white or black powder coating that mirrors the design of your phone. 

The Podi-m in iPhone 4 styling features a polished and anodized aluminum top and bottom, and a high gloss powder coated body in white or black, perfectly matching the iPhone 4. 

The Limited Edition Podi-m features beautiful wood carved from a solid block of maple or oak.. Available in either Maple/Black Anodize or Oak/Polished Aluminum, they're an elegant addition to any space. 

Podi-m’s prop has a soft nylon tip so your phone won’t get scratched. Just snap your phone into Podi-m’s base and prop it to easily read incoming texts, e-mails, or plan your next Words with Friends move.

Photograph by Nir Schneider, Gadgetmac
Photograph by Nir Schneider, Gadgetmac

The first 500 Podi-m's ordered will receive their Podi-m's in time for the holidays! Overseas backers included!

Because of the simplicity of the Podi-m's design, we are able to make it here in Los Angeles. If we achieve funding, we will be able to produce and ship the first 500 Podi-m docks to arrive for the holidays!

If you don't make the early bird special you can still give Podi-m for the Holidays! Here's a beautiful PDF to download and print out, so your friends and loved ones know you got them the coolest gift of the year. 

http://www.podi-m.com/podi-m-holiday-card.html

I am raising money on Kickstarter because we need to build a couple of mold injection tools which will be built locally. The parts will be molded locally as well. And  since the price of aluminum fluctuates, we'd like to secure enough material to produce several thousand units while the price of aluminum is low. 

So please support us and give a unique, beautiful, and functional gift to your loved ones this year. You might pick one up for yourself, too, while you’re at it.

Risks and challenges

In designing prototypes for clients, meeting deadlines are an ever present challenge. Because of the simplicity of Podi-m's design and lack of interior electronics, if we are funded, we will be producing Podi-m locally and at a rate of 75-100 units a day. Because Podi-m uses your charging cable, we do not have to wait for Apple Mfi approval, or Lightning connector availability.

I have sourced the material needed and gotten commitments for extra help in the coming months to produce as many Podi-m's as possible. I am working with a local CNC shop that is very experienced in high precision manufacturing and owns their own CNC equipment to produce the metal parts. The challenges will be maintaining a strict control over the anodizing finishes because we have closely matched the dark black finish on the iPhone 5.

We have developed a custom anodizing formula to match the iPhone 5 finish- we want to maintain strict control from batch to batch. We will retain one sample from every batch so we can monitor any deviation.

Powder coating finishes are very consistent and don’t pose too many challenges. Each one of the wood finished Podi-m’s will be unique and will vary from piece to piece, but we feel that adds character and warmth to the product.

Overcoming the challenges associated with fulfilling a project can be minimized by communicating with backers. By keeping lines of communication open, I feel I can address any issues proactively. As far as project completion, the sooner the funding goal is met, the sooner we can start manufacturing the metal parts to make the Podi-m.

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  • Since Kickstarter no longer allows Rewards to contain multiple quantities, If you'd like more than one, just add the total amount of the docks you'd like in the Pledge box at the top of the page. For instance, 2 black iPhone 4 style docks at $59= $118 total (plus any applicable shipping).

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