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A flexible and eclectic stand, sync, and charging cable accessory for iPhone... and Android.
The World's Most Flexible iPhone Dock
The World's Most Flexible iPhone Dock
4,541 backers pledged $212,265 to help bring this project to life.

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The Much Anticipated Android Micro|USB Photos (among other things)

Kickstarters,

This will be a long update to provide you with a lot of details. It covers information on Une Bobine for iPhone, Une Bobine - Micro|USB, and the USB Extension Cables.

Une Bobine - Micro|USB

Since our announcement last week of Micro|USB, we've been diligently working on the final design to send to the factory. Specifics are listed below.

Replaceable Micro|CAPS

We have tested a lot of Android phones and have designed a patent pending system to adjust the connection to the phone for different devices. These Micro|CAPS are easy to snap on and off and allow you to select the best match for your phone. All Micro|USB Bobines will ship with the full set of Micro|CAPS. We are still finalizing which ones we will be producing (the photos are of our prototype test units, not the final versions). These add an incredible amount of stability to the Micro|USB connection when compared to a traditional connector.

Custom Connectors

As you can see in the photos, we have designed custom connectors for everything. On Une Bobine - Micro|USB, this allows us to increase the width of the connector and offer the Micro|CAPS, which keep your phone more stable. On Une Bobine - For iPhone, we have integrated locking clips into the connector. Check out the videos below for some great comparisons between Une Bobine and standard cables.

Micro|USB Comparison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgMO-Sg7CIk 

iPhone Comparison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZEDGV_Vdxw 

Android Phone Tests

We have been testing our design on many Android phones this week. The photos below are of various prototype Bobines that we have built this week to test with.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy S 2

HTC Evo 4G

HTC Evo Shift

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

HTC Droid Incredible

Samsung Galaxies with Top Jack

This photo is of a Galaxy 2 upside down to show how Samsung phones with a top jack will easily 'hang' from Une Bobine.

USB Extension Cable

We received the USB Extension cables from the factory this week. These provide a great length for using Une Bobine in unique positions on your desk, a nightstand, with wall chargers or desktops under your desk. Every Bobine shipped will include the extension.


[Fuse]Chicken Blog

With the number of comments on the main project, updates, and posts, we know it can be difficult to find what you need on the Kickstarter page. So we have started a blog at fusechicken.wordpress.com to help out with this. We will be posting a lot of the frequently asked questions as well as more 'mini' updates on the current progress on the blog. This should help keep the Kickstarter page a little less cluttered. Feel free to continue to post your comments and questions here, send me a message on Kickstarter, or a tweet to @jefawcett.

Thanks Kickstarters!
Jon

Une Bobine - For People Who Love...

Kickstarters,

Thank you all for getting as excited about Une Bobine as we are! We appreciate all of the pledges, comments, and messages as we work to bring you the best product we possibly can.

USB Extension Cable

We are pleased to let you officially know that every Une Bobine and Petite Bobine that ships will include a 3 foot (90 cm) USB extension cable! Thanks for helping us get there! Many of you have requested photos of the cable. Because we specified precise wire gauges and a white cable, it is taking a little longer to get the samples from the factory. But we will post photos as soon as we receive and test the samples.

Packaging

It seems like years ago that we posted the first packaging concepts, but it was only a few short weeks. Watch for some teasers for the new packaging design in this update video and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Next Steps

Because you greatly exceeded our expectations for when we would hit the previous stretch goal of $90,000 for the extension cables, we weren't quite ready to let you know what we had planned next. That is why this update took a few extra days. If you haven't figured out, we love making videos. So instead of a simple announcement, we are giving you a behind the scenes peak into the project to make the announcement. All video footage was shot today during our 'Kickathon' (our Kickstarter version of a hackathon). We didn't want to let this announcement extend into the weekend, so we set a goal from 12:01AM to 5:01PM EST to finalize all remaining details. It has been a long day, but we made it.... so take a look at the video below to see what happened!

More details will be posted in the FAQ at the bottom of the project page over the next few days.

Thanks Kickstarters!
Jon


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You Asked, We Listened!

Kickstarters,

Many of you have asked me for an update from my New York meeting with the factory. We have been holding out on that update for a few days so that we could give you as much exciting news as possible! Keep Reading...

Petite Bobine

The first big announcement is that we have reached a funding goal that allows us to offer something that many of you have asked about. We would like to introduce you to Petite Bobine! All backers will have their choice of either Une Bobine (24 inches/600 mm) or Petite Bobine (12 inches/300 mm). You can also mix and match if you have pledged for 2 or more Bobines. Why not grab one of each! One for your desk, car, night stand, kitchen counter, anywhere you need your iPhone. Head down below for some prototype photos!

Here are some answers to the questions I'm sure you have:

- Why Petite Bobine? - we always wanted different lengths because each length has advantages in different settings (car, desk, night stand, laptop, desktop, kitchen, and others). But we didn't want to do too much right from the start or have unrealistic goals. You have helped us get to the funding we needed to offer both choices!

- How do I pledge and make my choice? - We like things simple. You don't need to choose now. Every pledge level that includes Bobines will have the choice of Une Bobine or Petite Bobine. The survey we send out at the end of the project will include a form to make your selections at that time.

- If I pledge for more than 1 Bobine, can I choose some of each? - Absolutely! You can mix and match whichever Bobines you choose. One of each, two of the same, any combination you need. And remember, you don't need to choose when you pledge. We'll send out a survey when the project is completed asking for your choice along with your shipping address.

USB Extension Cable

The second big announcement is the one we're really excited to share about a USB Extension Cable! If you've watched our "Bob" video, you know that we prefer to do things a little differently than everyone else. The standard approach would be to ask you to increase your pledge or to offer an extension at higher pledge levels. But we didn't want to do that. Instead, we have set a goal of $90,000 for the total project funding in order to package a 3 feet (900 mm) USB extension cable with EVERY Bobine! These will be included at absolutely no additional cost with every Une Bobine and Petite Bobine that is shipped as long as we reach the $90,000 goal. Please help us get there quickly by sharing with your Facebook friends, posting tweets, and spreading the word.

And please remember to vote for Une Bobine at http://www.thewilliammcshanefund.com. You can vote once per day!

Thanks Kickstarters,
Jon

P.S. We might have more up our sleeves once we cross this next goal!

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New Video

Kickstarters,

We have had a lot of questions about landscape and other uses. Everyone has seen the coiled desk position from the project page, so we decided to create another video for all of you showing the different positioning and uses on a desk. These are using our new set of functional prototypes. We had to build more because we shipped all of our previous prototypes out. Please don't be alarmed by the black USB end. Part of the funding goal is needed to create the injection molded housings for the connector.

We are still waiting on final costs from the factory for the extension cable and will post that information as soon as we have it.

Don't forget that we still need your help with the Buckyballs/Brookstone contests. You can vote once per day at http://www.thewilliammcshanefund.com/vote/

Thanks again for your continued support!
Jon

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New Goals and Manufacturing Update

Kickstarters,

Thank you all for the continued pledges and the tremendous support you have given us! Here is a quick update for the end of the week to let you know what's happening.

Manufacturing

I am meeting with the manufacturer on Monday morning in New York and we are issuing a PO to begin production. Building of the molds will take until about when the project date ends. So we expect to be running production units within a few weeks after that date. At this point, your pledges are about 2000 units. But don't worry. We have discussed with the factory 10,000 and 50,000 as well. So there will be plenty of Bobine to go around for all of the new backers.

In our meeting, we will also be setting up our production schedule of how many units they will be producing per day and the testing and inspection process. These steps will ensure that your Une Bobines arrive in perfect condition.

New Goals

You spoke and we listened! Our factory is finalizing prices for a 3 foot extension cable. I hope to have the final details by Monday and will post an update as soon as the costs are finalized. But I just couldn't wait that long to tell you!

With the success of this project, we expect to have additional items added over the next few weeks also, so stay tuned!

Don't forgot we need your help with the Buckyballs/Brookstone contest. You can vote once per day at http://www.thewilliammcshanefund.com/vote/

I'm still free much of Monday and would love to meet some of you over coffee. Send me a message if you're interested.

Thanks Kickstarters,
Jon