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The SIDEKICK is a dock thoughtfully designed for the Pebble. It allows you to dock in the easiest way possible.

Background

The Sidekick project was born out of a need to find a way to anchor the loose magnetic charging cable, have a way to prop up the Pebble's display and protect my investment. I love my Pebble, it has become an essential device in my everyday life. It is an extension of my phone and has become a more convenient way to view my notifications quickly. I wanted to extend this functionality of the Pebble beyond my wrist and felt a dock would be the solution for all my needs. So I set out to design a dock that met the demands of a "smartwatch".

PLEASE NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

The Sidekick will only be shipping to countries that offer E-Delivery Confirmation through USPS. The following countries are:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland

The Sidekick is a whole new docking experience for a totally new device, a solution to protect and have easy access to your Pebble when it's off your wrist. The ultimate goal was to design a dock that allowed you to use one hand to dock and undock your Pebble in the easiest way possible

1 Dock on the fly, literally. Finding the path to least resistance was the key to achieve this goal, and after many test and design iterations I determined simple side access to be the option I was looking for. The connection between the Pebble and magnetic charger is made in midair with no obstacles in between or the need to thread the watch band through a slot. It's the absolute fastest and easiest way to dock the Pebble to the magnetic charger. You won't have any hesitations or fear of the charging cable accidentally dropping to the floor just to check the time or notifications.

Unlike other smartwatches on the market a full charge on the Pebbles' battery can last 5-7 days. The Sidekick takes advantage of this and allows you to dock your watch off the charger without drawing power and avoids an unnecessary charge. Now the Pebble's display is viewable off your wrist so there's no need to pick up the watch. It's conveniently angled to easily see the time or notifications when you're lying in bed or at the desk.

Stays firmly in place. The key feature for the Sidekick is its ability to stay in place during docking and undocking. This is achieved by powerful micro suction technology which is adhered to the bottom of the base. The micro suction sticks to nonporous surfaces, leaves no residue and only needs a to be wiped with water if it loses suction due to debris.

Watch bands. The Sidekick has a 1" x 1/4" slot (see below) to allow various band thicknesses and accommodates the standard 22 mm wide bands. The style or size should not matter when the Pebble is connected to the charger since the only thing touching are the charging elements. The strength of the magnetic charger has been tested by placing a 5.35 oz metal watch band on top of a Pebble while it was connected to the charger and it successfully held the weight. Cover protectors and wide bands have not been tested.

Charging cable.The Sidekick is finely crafted with precision cuts to hold the original Pebble magnetic charging cable with just the right amount of force to secure it in place. The cable part of the charger is left loose so it easily removes without pulling. Having a permanent anchor for the cable prevents wire wear that can occur with too much handling. The Sidekick does not ship with a charging cable and has not been tested with aftermarket charging cables.

One more thing. The Sidekick is small and durable enough to take with you when you're on the go. When the Pebble is not on the dock the slot can be used as a cable anchor thanks to the power of micro suction.

The Sidekick is handcrafted and designed to complement the Pebble's aesthetic value with the use of material, color and form which is suited for any space. The final design has been represented on this project page with the colors that will be available for rewards. Each Sidekick is carefully finished by hand giving each final product character with a sculpted like appearance. The approach is minimalistic with just the essential elements applied. It's small and compact perfect for the nightstand and office desk. The Sidekick is a premium crafted product made with North American Hard White Maple for its durability and beautiful grain. Matte Black and Matte White finishes are available which are applied 3 coats of paint and cured for several days. The Maple Sidekick is finished with a bees wax to retain as much of its natural color giving off a beautiful subtle sheen. Due to their handcrafted nature, slight variations will be present.

Also available is a Kickstarter Exclusive Walnut Laser Engraved Edition Reward for people making pledges $25 and over. You have 2 lines and 17 letters per line for your inscription. The North American Hard Walnut is from Kentucky and is finished with bees wax for a beautiful subtle sheen.

Form+Function

The method I used  to form the shape of the Sidekick is a subtractive  process. This project was a design exercise in which the final goal was to have an object rely solely on its form for its function. The Sidekick makes the Pebble useful when it's off your wrist.

I designed the Sidekick because I had a simple need, but as the project progressed, a whole different narrative shifted my thinking. I no longer just wanted a dock to rest a watch on, I wanted a dock for a "smartwatch". This simple pivot re-focused my design goal and provided the final direction.

The questions I asked on this project helped formulate the building blocks for the Sidekick. Questions like "what is a smartwatch and how do you use it?" Every part of the Sidekick is an answer to a question and executed with honesty and passion for the process. There were no choices to be made, just an instinctive action to document my experience with the Pebble. Defining the function along with taking notes on how I was interacting with the Pebble led me to identify similarities with existing devices that we already use, specifically the phone and clock. The Sidekick was conceived and is an extension of these two devices.

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Documont Workshop

The Sidekick was conceived, designed and will be made in my workshop. The lumber is supplied by a local, family owned mill, hand picked for the finest grain. I own all the necessary equipment to produce the Sidekick and have outside sources for extra help and consulting. I've simulated production runs and have successfully produced accurate and quality results in quantities. The Sidekick is a beautiful and individually crafted product. This craftsmanship takes time and care to deliver a final product that has value and character. If the pledges exceeds our goal I will create new pledges for a second production run. The production schedule and logistics have been worked out and I am now confident to start sharing the Sidekick with you.  

Sidekick Goal

Kickstarters, I look to this community for support because without you the Pebble would not have been as successful as it is. It is my goal to offer a choice to Pebble owners looking for ways to protect their investment. Backing this project will help cover the initial cost of materials, tools, consumables and logistics. A portion of the funds will cover some of the expenses incurred on developing the Sidekick. A successful project will not only launch the Sidekick but will also give Documont the kickstart it needs. Let's together contribute to the Pebble's thriving ecosystem and deliver a dock thoughtfully designed for a smartwatch. Thanks for your support.

Shipping

Shipping out of Canada can be very expensive. I decided to source out an alternative service that will reduce the shipping cost and will allow me to ship out of the U.S by way of U.S Postal Service. I've tested the service and shipped out the Sidekick to Texas, Vancouver and The Netherlands and the package was delivered in good condition and within the estimated delivery times. The Sidekick will only be shipped internationally to countries that offer E-Delivery Confirmation, please see the list below. International delivery dates may vary country to country due to customs, distance and duties. You will be responsible for any duty fees and taxes applied by customs. Estimated delivery of shipments is as follows:

USPS

U.S - 5 to 7 Business Days - First Class with tracking.

Canada - 7 to 10 Business Days - First Class with tracking.

International - 10 to 20 Business Days - First Class no tracking, E-Delivery Confirmation (UK is the fastest and Australia will take the longest)

I will be shipping only to countries that offer E-Delivery Confirmation through USPS. The following countries are:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland

Production Schedule

Provided this campaign reaches its target, rewards aim to be delivered in April. If pledges exceed our funding goal new rewards will be created for a second run for delivery in May.

 
Me + Documont

My name is Rodney Timbol and I run my own multidisciplined design company with my brother Ted in Toronto, Canada. We have developed a diverse client base from local to international partners. I started Documont outside client work 3 years ago as a personal creative exercise to examine the objects and products around me. Everything I do is done with conviction and passion, including a dock for a smartwatch. Documont has allowed me to self-indulge in the thing I love to do most, create.

Please support this project by sharing it with your friends by clicking the sharing buttons below the video, anything to help spread the word would be a great help to reach our goals to share the Sidekick. Many thanks and appreciate your time for having a look at the Sidekick project!

My daughters lovely take of the Sidekick. Special thanks to my wife for letting me disappear over the holidays to prepare this project and to my daughters - confidence in small bites.
My daughters lovely take of the Sidekick. Special thanks to my wife for letting me disappear over the holidays to prepare this project and to my daughters - confidence in small bites.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with any project of this type, there may be some unforeseen problem that arises. I've done as much research and preplanning as possible to eliminate the obvious challenges with materials, equipment, cost and timing. I've ran and simulated production runs to evaluate and improve on the process and am confident in delivering an efficient operation. If a problem does arise I will immediately notify my backers and remain transparent throughout the process. I am a problem solver at the very core and I'm sure no problem will be big enough that I can't overcome.

The reward levels has been thoroughly analyzed and assigned a realistic estimated delivery date. Should the project surpass it's goal, appropriate pledge levels will be created to ensure that all backers receive their rewards in an expeditious manner.

Please feel free to contact me if you any questions regarding this project. Thank you.

FAQ

  • The Pebble Steel uses a different magnetic charging cable and will not fit the Sidekick.

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  • Below is the shipping cost breakdown that explains the cost of shipping. The Shipping cost to Canada is the cost charged by the Shipping Company and USPS. I've also included the dimensions along with the weight. The savings presented to me for shipping from USPS was the best option compared to Canada Post.

    SHIPPING COST BREAKDOWN and CANADA POST COMPARATIVE PRICING_________________

    CANADA POST PRICES
    3 oz or .056 kg, 6 x 9 x 3.5 inches thickness, Envelope, with tracking - Shipped from Toronto

    US - Tracked Packet with tracking
    NYC - $16.63
    Texas $16.63
    California $16.63

    CAN - Regular Parcel with tracking
    Toronto - $8.92
    Ottawa - $10.36
    Quebec - $9.63
    British Columbia - $13.70

    INTL - Tracked Packet International with Delivery Confirmation
    UK - $45.89
    The Netherlands - $45.89
    Germany - $45.89

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    USPS + Shipping Service Fees (Prices in brackets are the Shipping Service Company's Fees. Prices may also vary due to Canadian Dollar Exchange Rate and Destination)
    3 oz, 6 x 9 x 3.5 inches thickness, Envelope, with tracking and E-Delivery Confirmation.

    US - USPS First Class - $1.69 (Flat Fee) + (.65¢ Delivery Fee to US) + (Postage Label Service 11% + Handling Fee 3% .35¢) = $2.69 Discounted $2.69 Shipping Fee $0.00

    CAN - USPS First Class - $6.91 (Varies) + (.65¢ Delivery Fee to US) + (Postage Label Service 11% + Handling Fee 3% $1.13 ) = $8.69 Discounted $2.69 Shipping Fee $6.00

    INTERNATIONAL - USPS First Class - $9.16 (Varies) + (.65 Delivery Fee to US) + (Postage Label Service 11% + Handling Fee 3% $1.47) = $11.28 Discounted $2.28 Shipping Fee $9.00

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