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Not just another iPhone dock for your cup holder. iAm Dock's elegance and versatility makes it perfect for any environment. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on February 28, 2013.

Not just another iPhone dock for your cup holder. iAm Dock's elegance and versatility makes it perfect for any environment.

About this project

The Story

iAm Dock was designed around the thought process of what do I do every day that I don’t like or want to make better.  I hated not having some place to securely charge my phone when I was in my car.  I have had several phone charging cords and ports break from me hanging them out of the cup holder or having them flying around the car.  So I started asking people, “What do you do with your iPhone when you’re in your car?”

I got responses like:

“Stick it in the cup holder, but I hate when there is something sticky in the bottom of the cup holder and it gets on my phone….”

“Cram it into the pocket in the dash but I can’t see it when it goes off and it falls out all the time…”

Or

“Put it in my lap but I have a tendency to forget it and as soon as I stand up it crashes to the ground….”


So we came up with the idea for iAm Dock.

Fits perfect in any cup holder!
Fits perfect in any cup holder!

You may be asking "Why the minimal round shape while every other dock out there is rectangular?"  Simply put, one thing every car has is round cup holders.  iAm Dock is designed to fit in any cup holder with a bottom.  But then I said to myself, "I don’t just want this to be another cup holder dock that stays in my car or is locked into the cup holder permanently."  So a lot of thought went into the elegance of our dock allowing it to look amazing in any environment.  We were also worried about the wires coming out of the bottom and having to bend sharply to get out of the top of the cup holder.  Thus there are two identical ports for micro USB and 3.5mm both top and bottom.  When you are at home the cords sleekly run out the bottom rear and when you are in the vehicle they cleanly run out the top of the cup holder with no worries of bending, kinking, or damaging the cords or your phone!  iAm Dock is not attached to the cup holder in any fashion but rather designed with a base size and mass large enough to hold the phone and stay in place during travel.  A sticky base pad helps iAm Dock grip any surface while protecting it at the same time.  And when you think it can’t get any better, iAm Dock has a custom designed low drag 30 pin connector for easy one hand docking and undocking anywhere!  When you are in your car you no longer have to worry about unplugging the cord to answer your phone or the cord getting tangled when you try to pick it up!  iAm Dock is truly designed for the real world and everyday life!  So let iAm Dock protect your expensive phone by giving it a secure docking place no matter where you are!

iPhone 5

Yes iAm Dock has all the same features for the iPhone 5.  iAm Dock is one of the first docks available with clean audio line out for the iPhone 5!  Video output is not supported.  Everyone who has the iPhone 5 knows the lightning cord is a tight fit so the undocking is a bit stiffer than the iPhone 4.  We are using genuine Apple lightning ends which guarantees the quality and that clean audio out will work!  This also takes the risk out of making iAm Dock for the iPhone 5 because the lightning ends are readily available from Apple!

Key Features

Securely dock your iPhone anywhere

Every iAm Dock has syncing, charging, and clean audio out capabilities

Easy one handed docking and undocking with custom low drag connector for iPhone 4

Easy access to a clean audio signal from either of the two 3.5mm audio out ports or the two micro USB ports to play in any of your audio equipment with either a 3.5mm audio input jack or USB input jack.  Yes, this includes clean audio for the iPhone5!

Ever wanted to be a DJ?  Use the iAm Dock as your DJ stand with dual 3.5mm clean audio out you can plug your head phones and stereo in at the same time!
Ever wanted to be a DJ? Use the iAm Dock as your DJ stand with dual 3.5mm clean audio out you can plug your head phones and stereo in at the same time!

Fits a wide variety of cases from thick to thin with reversible pads to protect your phone

Tilted at a 15 degree angle for easy viewing in the car or at home

Elegant minimalistic design with a variety of beautiful finishes to match anyone’s personality

Every iAm Dock includes a micro USB to USB cord which will plug into your current iPhone wall or car adapter

The base of every iAm Dock is threaded with a ¼”-20 hole allowing it to mount on a standard tripod for easy shooting with your iPhone!

iAm Dock can be threaded onto a suction mount  as well allowing you to use your iPhone as GPS!
iAm Dock can be threaded onto a suction mount as well allowing you to use your iPhone as GPS!

Access to all of the iPhone connector’s 30 pins at solder points on one of the circuit boards for you techy people who might want to experiment with different outputs and inputs!

Made from high quality Aircraft Grade 6061 Billet Aluminum

Highest quality control to ensure every part is machined to the highest standards

Designed and machined with the latest programming and high speed machining to cut cost and production times!

Every dock will ship in a premium custom box designed just for iAm Dock

Stainless Steel Hardware

Built in the USA!

Compatibility:

-iPhone 5

-iPhone 4

-iPhone 3

-iPad Mini (does not fit in a cup holder due to it's size but will dock on iAm Dock)

-iPod Nano

-iPod Touch

-iPod

Rewards

-iAm Connected Reward

-iAm a Fan Reward

Men's T-Shirt
Men's T-Shirt
Women's T-Shirt
Women's T-Shirt
Image shot with iPhone 4 via iAm Dock on a tripod!
Image shot with iPhone 4 via iAm Dock on a tripod!

-iAm Custom Reward

Custom Logos and engraving!
Custom Logos and engraving!

Budget Explanation

With the creation of iAm Dock and our first Kick Starter project the reality of a reasonable budget played largely into the feasibility of making this project happen.  After looking at hundreds of projects we saw a huge variance in budget goals but no one explained these goals.  We want people who are investing in this project to feel they are a part of it.  We want things to be as transparent as possible, our budget goal is 100% based on the price breaks we receive on the circuitry within each iAm Dock.  With 2 separate circuit boards and a multitude of components we must produce a minimum of 1500 iAm Docks to offer the prices we have.  We figure the average investor is going to invest $100 in some combination of packages thus we come to the $150,000 budget or 1,500 docks.  We are hoping this is just a number that will merely be surpassed on the way to 10,000+ orders but we had to be realistic and say what is the bare minimum we can do and still make this project happen!  We greatly appreciate your support and can’t wait to get you this amazing product!

Risks and challenges

With any new project there are sometimes manufacturing hic-ups. We have done everything in our power to avoid these delays with every aspect of the project being laid out and sourced well in advance. With this said we are still relying on the suppliers to have all the parts we have sourced in stock at the time of our orders. We will do everything in our power to surpass expectations!

Disclaimer

iAm Dock and Sleeper Designs has no association with Apple.

Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., no endorsement implied.

We at iAm Dock do not condone the use of your cell phone while driving your vehicle but rather provide a safe docking and charging station during travels.

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    iAm a Supporter - This reward is for those who like our project and just want to give it a little help in getting funded. Big Thank You from the iAm Dock Team!

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    iAm Connected - Add this reward to any dock purchase and you will receive a second micro USB cord, car adapter, and wall adapter to keep you connected no matter where you use your iAm Dock!

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    iAm a Fan – Show that you are a fan of iAm Dock and receive one of the limited iAm Sexy or iAm Cute t-shirts to sport! Sizes S, M, L, and XL available. You will also be entered into a drawing for your very own iAm Dock in any color!

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    iAm Custom – Custom Logo engraving or 25 characters of text. This is perfect for graduation and promotion gifts! If you would like your logo engraved you will have to provide an AutoCad(DXF or DWG) drawing of the logo you wish to have engraved. All logos must be submitted for approval. If you would like to have multiple docks engraved with the same logo or text please contact us for a package price. If you add this to your order, your order will not ship until after all others.

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    About $79 USD

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    iAm Perfect – Raw machined billet aluminum iAm Dock w/Micro USB Cable included. All packaged in premium retail packaging! If you would like this iAm Dock for your iPhone5 please add $40 to the pledge amount.

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    About $89 USD

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    $89- iAm Elegant – Anodized Silver “Applesk” iAm Dock w/Micro USB Cable included. This dock has an anodized silver finish to match the elegance of all your Apple products. All packaged in premium retail packaging! If you would like this iAm Dock for your iPhone5 please add $40 to the pledge amount.

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    About $89 USD

    2 backers

    iAm Sexy – Anodized Black iAm Dock w/Micro USB Cable included. All packaged in premium retail packaging! If you would like this iAm Dock for your iPhone5 please add $40 to the pledge amount.

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    About $89 USD

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    iAm Cute – Anodized Pink iAm Dock w/Micro USB Cable included. All packaged in premium retail packaging! If you would like this iAm Dock for your iPhone5 please add $40 to the pledge amount.

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    About $99 USD

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    iAm Amazing – Limited Kickstarter Edition Mirror Polished iAm Dock w/Micro USB Cable included. All packaged in premium retail packaging! If you would like this iAm Dock for your iPhone5 please add $40 to the pledge amount.

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    About $109 USD

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    iAm Amazing – Limited Kickstarter Edition Mirror Polished iAm Dock w/Micro USB Cable included. All packaged in premium retail packaging! If you would like this iAm Dock for your iPhone5 please add $40 to the pledge amount.

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Funding period

- (30 days)