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By R.Roumen
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When I tried to find a docking station for my iPhone 5 two years ago I was overwhelmed by a huge number of docking solutions. 

The striking thing was that all solutions focussed on functionality but at least to my opinion were not very beautiful. Most of them where bulky and made of plastic, some used higher quality materials but none of them appealed to me.

I personally love the combination of cool aluminium with the warmth of real wood and at that point I started the early design of what later became the hidock, built from exactly those materials. I used European oak combined with anodized aluminium to design an elegant dock that supports the cool aluminium design of the iphone and translates into a warm massive oak foot. To optimal view your iPhone / iPod touch the dock sets the device at a 70 degree angle. I have used the proto version of the hidock every night from that moment on for my iphone 5 and 5S and still love it.

During some soul searching this year I decided to take the plunge and post this design on kickstarter and see what would happen. So here we are today...

In the mean time suppliers for the main parts have been selected and a first proto series was built to see if everything comes together as planned. 

To have everything covered and meet the sub €80 price goal an initial order of around 1000 docks is needed so that is exactly our kickstarter goal.

For this you will receive a dutch design, handcrafted dock made from high quality materials which will beautifully complement your iPhone or iPod touch device with lightning connector. The 1m lightning to usb cable (retail value €19,-) and free shipping for the Netherlands is also included.

The hidock and cases...

I personally never use a case on my iPhone but for those people who do we have a special version. It accepts many cases as long as they give access to the lightning connector and have a maximum thickness of 2mm. You will be able to select your preferred version prior to shipment.

The hidock with music and FaceTime...

Since the speaker and microphone ports are completely free you can use the hidock with music, as your alarm clock, or even while making FaceTime calls. 

Device compatibility...

The hidock has been tested successfully with iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+ snd the iPod touch (all lightning connector versions)

Unfortunately the iPad mini and iPad AIR are too heavy and are NOT supported. (Depending on the succes of hidock a future iPad version is definitely possible)

Risks and challenges

As with every project there will be risks, for hidock all technical and production risks have been mitigated by the successful initial production run. However, when going to higher volumes there may be issues which can take more time than anticipated, especially in supplying the hand crafted parts in volume. This is to my opinion the main risk for the hidock project.

The ambition however is to ship the hidock to all kickstarter backers in time for the holiday season (2014 that is) so this could become just the present for you or someone you love.

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    Pledge €5 or more About $6

    Thank you for your support! People like you keep people like me motivated to put time and energy in creating beautiful kickstarter campaigns. For your pledge you will receive a personal thank you e-mail and all updates on the hidock project.

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    Pledge €39 or more About $49

    WOW that was fast...

    Only for the really early birds, you get the beautiful hidock with 1m lightning cable included plus free shipping in the Netherlands also included.

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    Pledge €59 or more About $74

    OK still very fast...

    Some birds beat you to it but hey you are still really early, you get the beautiful hidock with 1m lightning cable included plus free shipping in the Netherlands also included.

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    Pledge €79 or more About $99

    All early birds gone...

    Sorry, all the early birds are gone but you will still get the beautiful hidock with 1m lightning cable included plus free shipping in the Netherlands also included.

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    Pledge €139 or more About $174

    hidock family pack at a special price...
    One as a gift and one for yourself, or two for yourself. Your choice. You will get two of the beautiful hidocks each with 1m lightning cable included plus free shipping in the Netherlands also included. For backers outside the Netherlands shipping is combined.

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