We wanted to send one more message to say thank you for helping us meet our funding goal for the new version of Une Bobine. Many of you, our original backers, helped us reach the goal for the new one and we really appreciate it!
There are also only 2 more days in our Crowd-Funding Giveaway that we put together with Auris Skye, Touchfire, and ChargeCard. If you haven't entered yet, now's your chance! Win an iPhone 5S, iPad Air (or Retina Mini), AND all of our crowd-funded accessories.
Last but not least, I want to give a shout-out to our Kickstarter friends over at Finegrain. You've probably seen their awesome new wooden iPad stands, which have been all over the tech blogs this past week. But if you haven't, you can check them out here.
Crowd-Funding – Better Together!
We’ve been talking with some of our fellow Kickstarter project creators about ways that we could really show our appreciation to all our previous backers and customers, as well as get our current projects to their stretch goals. And then it hit us – instead of doing things individually, let’s work together! First off, I’d like to introduce you to our friends, who all have amazing, innovative mobile accessory projects running right now:
Auris Skye allows you to stream your music wirelessly to any existing iPhone speaker dock. The Skye plugs into the dock and pretends it’s an iPhone. Now you can have streaming music everywhere in your home. Check it out here.
Touchfire is the world’s thinnest, lightest iPad keyboard. It attaches to your iPad magnetically, and adds 3D keys to the iPad’s on-screen keyboard. They now have Touchfire for the iPad mini Retina and the iPad Air, as well as a line of really nice cases for all versions of iPads. Check it out here.
ChargeCard is a USB to Lighting connector that is the size of a credit card. They just came out with one that is the size of a house key! It fits on your key-chain like any other key, so it is always with you. They also have a version with a micro USB connector. Check it out here.
Together, we decided to put on CrowdRaffle, an unprecedented crowd-funded product giveway sweepstakes. The winner gets all of our products, plus Apple’s latest devices – the iPhone 5S AND an iPad mini Retina or an iPad Air. There’s never been anything like this, but it shows what happens when crowd-funding goes to the next level. Please check it out and enter the sweepstakes. Then let everyone know about it!
Thanks Kickstarters and Good Luck!
We have received a lot of questions from backers regarding Une Bobine for iPhone 5, so we wanted to post an update to answer them all in one place. Keep reading for answers to the most common questions we've received as well as improvements.
Improvement to Cable Strength:
The new version has been redesigned to use a cable that has been increased from 6mm to 7mm. This 15% increase has made a drastic difference in strength and ease of positioning. We have posted a first-take, unedited positioning video on the project page showing just how easy it is with the new version.
We have added a backstop behind the phone to provide extra stability for the device and prevent movement of the phone from front to back. This even lets it be used with the camera facing straight down with scanner apps.
USB Connector Size:
The USB connector body has been reduced in size to the absolute minimum. This allows it to fit better in USB hubs next to other connectors.
Over-Molded One-Piece Housing
The connector housings are both molded as single pieces with a double overmold process. Instead of molding multiple pieces that are assembled and welded, we mold a single piece of plastic directly over the electronics to stabilize and strengthen the connectors and then mold a second piece of plastic over the first to provide a clean, aesthetic appearance. This eliminates seams and gaps that could break.
New Accessories and Options
When we first designed Une Bobine, we didn't realize how many people would want to utilize it for GPS while driving. We have now created a car kit, which includes a USB car charger and a dash stability clip. The Dash Clip lets you position Une Bobine very securely without movement in nearly any position. Due to the larger cable size, this is not compatible with the existing versions. However, we are offering this as a 3D printed product for the original Une Bobine. Using our Makerbot Replicator 2 printers, we can custom-print a dedicated version in low-quantities without the large expense of building injection molds. You can visit fusechicken.com to purchase the dash clip.
This is the USB extension cable that many of you are using with your original Une Bobine.
By far, the most asked question is if Une Bobine will work with a specific phone case. While the current iPhone 5 attachment easily accommodates most cases by adjusting the height of your connector, this wasn't a possibility in the new version with an integrated lightning connector. The best solution was to introduce our own cases for iPhone 5|C|S that we could guarantee work with Une Bobine. These are crystal-clear hard shell cases that not only protect your iPhone, but also show it off.
Cable Creatures Kit:
As I mentioned, we have a few Makerbot 3D printers that offer a lot of very cool uses. So we've designed a few creatures that can be attached to Une Bobine to turn it into a piece of art on your desk. Because of the enormous complexity of the digital sculpting, these are much harder to make available in both cable sizes. But we are working on a few more that we might have available for the original Une Bobine cable size.
Many of you emailed saying that you did not receive the specific information about what we're doing for existing Kickstarter backers. While we can't offer coupons or discounts through Kickstarter due to their rules, please email me directly at email@example.com and I can share some details about what we can do for you.
We have met so many people from this Kickstarter campaign and are thankful for your backing and continued support. We've also met quite a few innovative project creators that we've helped and have helped us along the way. I want to thank two of them in particular. First is Chris from BiteMyApple.co who is one of our backers and now a reseller. He's been instrumental in helping not only us, but many other Kickstarter projects over the last year.
The other I want to let you know about are the EverDock guys, David and Cameron at FŪZ Designs. They've got a very inventive design that is reminiscent of how we utilized the Apple cable for our lightning attachment. But they've taken it to the next level. It is the world's first charging dock designed to work with all smartphones and tablets, including both Apple and Android devices. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, the EverDock is available in Silver, Space gray, or Gold. Using micro-suction technology the EverDock always remains firmly in place and makes a stunning addition to any home or office. With only a few days left, be sure to check out this project before it's over.