About this project
The i-C2 became the iC3 with the addition of the USB port on the side. One place to charge and sync all your devices. You can charge 3 iPads or two iOS devices and use the USB for an Android phone. Designed and made at the TechShop San Jose.
When the new connector for the iPhone 5 is available (Oct?), the charger is being designed with inner changeable docking connectors. The docking connector holder is the black part underneath the iPhone 4 in the picture.
Why have a iC3?
It is one place to charge and sync all your devices. The power available on each charging port is 10 watts . This is enough to charge 3 iPads at the same time. "One more thing" the iC3 has a data hub inside so you can sync your data - local, fast and secure. It can also be used as desk top stand. One power cord, convenience, fast charging, syncing are the features of the iC3
How the iC3 syncing charger came to be.
I am a Apple hardware developer and ran the re-charging booth at Apple's Developer conference for years with my 10 bay chargers. Evolving, Apple embedded the battery in the laptop and the charging migrated to iPads and iPhones. A couple of years later, I am again charging batteries at the iPad Dev conference. Here, I saw all the software developers writing apps and thought about making a solution whereby an individual could have a stand that would also sync and charge. It would be perfect for all the app developers.
Time marches on and many people have both an iPad and an iPhone. It is great to take photos with your iPhone and better to view them on an iPad. When a photo op is present, your phone is the camera of choice because it is in your pocket or handbag. With the syncing charger, it is real easy to port photos and data from one to the other. I created the C4 first because the market channel is clear, however the C2 was first in my thoughts. Then, the idea entered again in daily routine.
Live streaming really draws down the charge in the battery. Therefore I put my iPhone into the iC4 charger and take the audio out to the auxiliary on my stereo. Problem solved! Great! except the C4 is too big on my desk. I wanted a smaller footprint. So - the C2SC was created for the dev camp app developers and those of us who have both an iPhone / iPad and desire a small desk footprint with multi-function.
Technical Geekery. Inside is a MicroChip micro controller to monitor the charge rate and charge status. Also on the circuit board is a double pole double throw switch on each charging bay to change the charging circuit to a data circuit. When in charge mode, a full 10 watts is available to each charging port. In the data mode asynchronous communication flows between your Mac or PC and the iOS device using 4 port Cypress hub. Building a charger circuit is fairly straight ahead. The ability to switch between full charge and data is unique. Plug a USB-B cable into the back of the C2SC and sync both devices simultaneously to your host iTunes library. Charging is fast as well. iPad 3 owners will appreciate the 2 amps available on each charging bay..
The combo reward is the iC3 charger and the A3000 battery. Charge the battery in the iC3 and take the A3000 with you. You'll always have back up power when you need it.
Design is an important element. The Bauhaus school of thought has been influential. A mixture of acrylic, aluminum is combined in a clean form which fits in many settings. AND, the design must fit a variety of cases, 3 iPhone models, and the iPad 1,2,3. Here is a picture of the C2 with an iPhone 4 and iPad 3. Note there is plenty of room for the "smart case".
Company logos can engraved in the acrylic.
With the syncing feature of the iC3, you can do localized syncing, faster, secure and without dependence on a wireless network. Plug in the USB cable into the back of the charger and the other end into your host.
Your pledges will be used for circuit boards and the enclosures for the iC3. Shipping will be about the middle of August. The shipping has been advanced due to the 3rd USB charging node being added. 5 prototype boards will be made before going into production on the PCB's - printed circuit boards. It all adds a couple of weeks to the project.
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