We love our gadgets. The only thing we spend more time with than our phones, tablets or eReaders is our bed.
To combine these two favourites we created Z-Charge, a convenient and safe way to charge and store all of these devices.
From the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the minute our head hits the pillow at the end of the day, we are using these devices, yet many of us lack a permanent home for our phones, tablets or eReaders.
Product designer Paula O’Connor sat down with MyVolts, an established power supply company, and together they developed this ingenious little bedside apparatus.
Now there's no wrong side of the bed.
What is Z-Charge?
Z-Charge is a neat charging solution, made from fabric, which is placed under a mattress and provides storage pouches on each side of the bed. It comes with a USB hub – including a power supply unit suited to your country – which allows up to six devices to be charged simultaneously.
It’s a lightweight and adjustable unit for all your USB devices, including phones, tablets and eReaders of any shape or size. Z-Charge is simply plugged into a single socket in the wall and powered on and off via a standalone switch.
How does Z-Charge work?
Z-Charge rests across the base of a bed. The length of the device is adjustable and held in position by the weight of the mattress, with overlapping storage pouches on either side for up to six devices.
The multiple charging cables are neatly tucked away, yet readily accessible when required.
Devices can be grabbed quickly or stored away easily, through opening access along the top and side of pouch. They are safely secured with a Velcro closure.
We can confirm Z-charge will come in the top 3 colours shown below. We also have the possibility of offering further colours, let us know which one you prefer in the comments section. If you'd like it in a colour that does not appear here, let us know that too. You can see more of the colours in the update here.
Stretch goal info:
110% - 44K - One extra colour.
115% - 46K - Two extra colours.
120% - 48K - All three extra colours.
If it ends in less than 3 extra colours, we'll send out a survey to see which extra colour people want.
Bespoke Handmade Tan Leather
An enhancement to any bedroom, we have teamed up with the very talented Mamukko to bring you a sumptuous tan leather version of the Z-charge. With industrial strength stitching and beautiful tan leather which will wear beautifully over the years, this piece is made to last. Available now at half it's normal retail price, in time for Christmas. For more pictures and info, please visit the update.
Each unit comes with the correct plug for your country.
Z-charge wins "Best Technology" award at 2014 Ideal Home Show
We're very proud to announce that when demonstrating Z-charge at the 2014 RDS Ideal Home Exhibition, in an attempt to inform people of our campaign, we received the prestigious "Best Technology" award.
When did the lightbulb appear?
These days, most people have a wide variety of USB devices. They are central to our everyday lives, yet we often lack a safe place to store or charge them. We brainstormed ways to combine both storage and charging.
What makes Z-Charge special?
After finalising the features of Z-Charge, with the aid of user testing, some crucial design details were refined.
Paula O'Connor received a first class honours degree in Design Interior & Furniture from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013. She was awarded the Outstanding Furniture Design Student Award within her year. She loves tea, coffee and yoga (but not at the same time).
Luke Brennan runs MyVolts. Following on from a career as a datacoms engineer at Ericsson, he has worked for a dozen years in online retail. As far as his mom knows, he has a store on the internet, which keeps things nice and simple.
MyVolts Support Team
The MyVolts team have been shipping online orders worldwide for more than ten years. A combination of problem-solving skills and experience makes certain they always deliver. Support is available from MyVolts through English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish.
Timeline and delivery schedule
We want to take this product further and manufacture it in many different colours to match your individual bedroom design. Should we reach our goal, we will be adding in options for new colour and material choices.
Do you have a preference? Let us know in advance and we will try to make it happen.
The Finish Line. . . it's all about you.
Our goal is not simply to make Z-Charge. We want you to get it on time, to love it and for it to become an indispensable part of your life.
Go raibh míle maith agat!
That means 1,000 thanks in Irish!
Risks and challenges
MANUFACTURING: The MyVolts team have over ten years of experience in dealing with suppliers and manufacturers in order to meet customers’ expectations. We are 100 per cent committed to delivering a well executed, high quality and safe product. We will be working with reliable manufacturers who have experience in delivering excellent products in large scale quantities.
PRODUCT ADJUSTMENT: There is always the risk of delay in any manufacturing process. We will communicate with our backers throughout the process to keep everyone informed and up to date on our progress.
FULFILMENT: Our suppliers are ready to go and with your support we can make Z-Charge happen. Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal.
Fergal Brennan for making a great video.
Nicola Fox Hamilton for graphic design.
Barry & Siobhan
All at MyVolts
All the testers
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