About this project
Cult of Mac: "...looks like it could have come out of the design work of Apple itself."
iPhone 5 Docks
Since the latest iPhone launch, we have seen a handful of docks designed for the iPhone 5 with the aim of making docking and undocking an effortless task. However, docks currently available on the market either move away from the surface when disconnecting the device or are heavy in order to counterbalance the problem.
We wanted to create the dock Apple would have made, we wanted to do things differently so we decided to set three goals:
- Less than 250g
- A 'Unibody' design
After a lot of hard work we are proud to say we did it...
MiDock for iPhone 4/4S...
We have had a lot of requests for an iPhone 4/4S compatible MiDock, so we made one!
We really like the unibody philosophy Apple uses in its products, so we sought to use the same concept when designing the MiDock. We wanted to use Aluminium given its uses in many Apple products, so we started with a cuboid and began to alter its shape to form the basis of a dock. It was really important that we only altered the shape where it complemented the iPhone 5.
Protects and works with cases...
We have included foam strips which protect your device from marks and scratches when docking and undocking. The height of the lightning cable can be adjusted so MiDock works well with most cases.
Every MiDock ships with an Allen/Hex key so you can use it out of the box.
Tiny little suction cups...
Micro-Suction - One of the biggest challenges we faced was keeping the dock lightweight but also allowing devices to be easily undocked. Early in the design process we even considered making the MiDock out of steel (which obviously broke rule #1!) to provide the required weight to allow easy undocking. After a lot of searching we found a material that makes MiDock 'just work' on practically any flat/smooth surface. It doesn't leave any residue and the pads can be wiped clean if you ever feel the suction power has decreased.
Sounds good too...
We incorporated sound channels into MiDock, sound can easily pass through the dock so when your iPhone 5 or iPod is docked it still sounds great!
How it's made...
We take quality very seriously and use precision engineering methods to ensure that every MiDock is made to a very high standard. Each MiDock is made from a single block of aluminium creating a unibody design which makes it durable, strong and most importantly lightweight.
We are committed to ensuring the highest quality and will ensure that every MiDock is inspected and passed off at every stage of production.
Bead Blasting / Anodising
MiDock has to complement the latest iOS devices, so every dock is Glass Bead Blasted before being Anodised to provide a beautiful and high quality finish.
We are ready...
We kept the design simple and functional and because MiDock works with your existing Apple Lightning cable, we don't need to wait on any lengthy approval process. MiDock could be on your night-stand, desk or in your kitchen shortly after our Kickstarter ends!
Made in Britain
In Coventry (West Midlands) to be exact, we are lucky enough to work with a CNC Precision Engineering company who have been established for over 30 years.
For taking an interest in our product we really hope you like what you see and would like you to help bring this product to the market. We are hoping to use Kickstarter to generate demand upfront and get MiDock to market as quickly as possible.
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Risks and challenges
As with all projects there will be some risks and challenges ahead, we have tried to minimise these risks before we have approached everyone on Kickstarter.
We have our suppliers in place and do not foresee any issues in getting everything ready, the engineering company are ready and willing to take on any quantity of orders.
We will keep you informed no matter the situation.
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