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Functional design and precision-engineering makes our remotely controllable iOS and Android Smart Dock great for monitoring. Read more

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Functional design and precision-engineering makes our remotely controllable iOS and Android Smart Dock great for monitoring.

Espoo, Finland Hardware
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A truly functional dock

We wanted our dock to be functional. We wanted our dock to be timeless. So we combined minimalist design with precision-engineering and made a simple and very functional dock that is capable of a lot of things. The Dock and its 355° rotating swivel head combined with our Apps makes it awesome for example for remotely monitoring your home, and for video chats.

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This video shows a few examples what one of our apps, the BiiSafe App, is capable of and how you can use it with the BiiSafe Dock. The BiiSafe App has already been published on the App Store and Google Play, and it works great with the Dock!

Please help us spread the word! All our backers who like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter will get an additional "BiiSafe green" rubber device sleeve.

What can you use the dock for? 

Here are just a couple of ideas how to use it! Movement of the dock's top part is controlled with short sound impulses, and we will publish the control specs, so developers can make more apps. Only imagination is the limit of what our precision-engineered dock can be used for!

Remote home monitoring – You can use the Dock & the BiiSafe App for monitoring for example your home. Want to see what your kids are up to when you’re on the go? Or what your pet is doing? No problem, with the BiiSafe Dock & App you can!

Video calls – The dock is awesome for video calls. Viewer on the other end will see smooth and steady rotation.

Panoramic video – Place your smart device on horizontal or vertical position and take a video. Via 355° movement you will get nice panoramic video!

Panoramic photos – Turn on a panorama photo app and roll the dock – you’ll get a super steady panoramic photo!

Party mode - switch the continuous movement mode on (dock will go back and forth 355°). Download a fancy music visualizer software from the app stores and hook it up on to a big screen, ie. via Apple TV.

Suitable for different devices. With or without a case. 

We designed our dock to fit various different devices and cables of different manufacturers. It can be used with most of the phones and tablets in the markets. We have tested the docks even with 10" tablets and they are steady enough to hold the weight. The top rubber device sleeve comes in different sizes, so you can easily change it to fit your device. That will make the dock compatible even with upcoming new devices!

Open sound control interface 

We will keep the sound control specs public so developers can make more apps – even for other platforms! Controlling the dock with sound makes it really easy to design more apps. The possibilities are huge.

The Dock's movement is controlled with short sound impulses
The Dock's movement is controlled with short sound impulses

Remote controller software

We will publish a free remote controlling software both for Android and Apple mobile devices to be used with the Smart Dock. With the remote controller app you can rotate the top part as well as control the build-in Led light. We are currently making final testing on the sound control frequencies, and as soon as we make the final decision on what exact frequencies we use for controlling the dock’s movement, we will publish them and our apps on the App Store and Google Play. This will be made before the docks are delivered. We are also considering a version for Windows phones, depending on the amount of requests we will get!

Two versions. Two materials.  

Two versions. 

  • A Smart Dock with remotely controlled motorized swivel head. 
  • A Manual Dock with manually movable swivel head. 

With the Smart Dock and our remote controller app you can easily turn the dock while you're having a FaceTime or Skype meeting with many participants. The Manual Dock is also great for video chats and taking panoramic photos - you can quickly and manually turn the camera to the direction you wish. Both versions provide functionality on top of a stylish dock!

 Two materials to choose from

  • CNC machined anodized aluminum
  • White plastic
  • okay... there is a third... the Kickstarter Special Edition CNC machined golden anodized and laser engraved aluminium!

The Story 

After working in industrial robotics for about 20 years, Jouni Suutarinen and Pekka Kettunen wanted to develop functional and smart things that they could use in their everyday life. They joined forces with Markus Lehtonen and Tappi Honkavaara (who are the guys that brought you the Kickstarter-funded Wishbhone headphone cord organizer). We put our heads together to make a beautiful and truly functional dock with great software!

We already have a custom made fully functional real size PCB ready with embedded software.
We already have a custom made fully functional real size PCB ready with embedded software.

Specs

Smart dock (White & Aluminum)

  • Motorized swivel head
  • Led light for enhanced night vision 
  • Micro USB power supply port* 
  • Back-up AAA battery holder*
  • Exchangeable rubber device sleeve**
  • Heavy ball bearing
  • Digital Signal Processor
  • Remotely controlled with pre-defined sound impulses
  • Continuous drive mode and step drive mode
  • DC motor with torque feedback
  • Turns 355°
  • Rotating speed approx. 25 deg / sec 
  • Bottom ⌀ 105mm/4.13”
*Charger and batteries not included 

 **Various; To fit different devices

Manual dock (White & Aluminum)

  • Exchangeable rubber device sleeve**
  • Heavy ball bearing 
  • Turns 355° 
  • Bottom ⌀ 105mm/4.13”

 **Various; To fit different devices

The software works with:

  • iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5
  • iPads
  • iPod Touch 4th generation and newer
  • Android devices with 2.3.3 and newer

Thank you for the support!


The docks and software in the video and pictures are prototypes. Changes may occur. Patent pending. BiiSafe is trademark of BiiSafe Ltd. All rights reserved.

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV are trademarks of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

Risks and challenges

Factors that lower risks overall:

- Jouni and Pekka are experienced engineers with 20 years of experience from robotics and business in general.

- The remote controller software & hardware is in final testing; the key features are working. Similar technology has also been used for other purposes for a long time – it works.

- Controlling the device with sound makes all approval processes quicker, because we simply don’t need hardware or software approvals from any third parties.

- We know how the global electronics safety regulations & testing works, and therefore have for example decided not to produce our own miniUSB power supply. MiniUSB power supplies can be bought from basically anywhere, and for example most Android devices come with one. Leaving out the power supply will make the safety certificate process easier and a lot faster.

- We have the factories all checked up and ready to go – we have already discussed with them about the components and design & iterated accordingly.

- The factories are located relatively near us, so we can easily go visit them and see that things go as planned.

- Markus and Tappi have delivered a successful Kickstarter product design project “Wishbhone – earphone cord manager” – they know how the process goes (and the possible surprises related to it).

Possible risks & challenges:

- Although we have functional prototypes, the final production run is always a different thing. Some unexpected challenges can always occur, and some changes to the design may be necessary. However, as said, we are already working together with the factories to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

- In general Murphy’s law is pretty powerful. We acknowledge that and have taken it into account.

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    Pledge $29 or more
    About $29 USD

    11 backers

    One White Manual BiiSafe Dock.

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    Pledge $89 or more
    About $89 USD

    3 backers

    One CNC machined anodized aluminum Manual BiiSafe Dock.

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    Pledge $89 or more
    About $89 USD

    36 backers Limited (164 left of 200)

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: thanks for getting us started!

    One White BiiSafe Smart Dock together with the remote controller app.

    Free shipping - no matter where you are

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    Pledge $99 or more
    About $99 USD

    0 backers

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    Pledge $139 or more
    About $139 USD

    19 backers Limited (181 left of 200)

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: thanks for getting us started!

    One CNC machined anodized aluminum BiiSafe Smart Dock together with the remote controller app.

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    Pledge $149 or more
    About $149 USD

    0 backers

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    Pledge $299 or more
    About $299 USD

    2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)

    Kickstarter Special Edition.

    One CNC machined golden (color) anodized and laser engraved aluminum BiiSafe Smart Dock together with the remote controller app.

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    Pledge $850 or more
    About $850 USD

    0 backers

    Home package: get 10 White BiiSafe Smart Docks - for each room of your home and to your second home! Free shipping - no matter where you are.

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    Pledge $1,350 or more
    About $1,350 USD

    1 backer

    Home package: get 10 CNC machined aluminum BiiSafe Smart Docks - for each room of your home and to your second home! Free shipping - no matter where you are.

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Funding period

- (36 days)