About this project
We're still working on Trio! In the meantime, you can buy Duet (an iPhone/Apple Watch charging hub) here.
Trio is a universal charging hub machined from solid aluminum that works with your phone, tablet, and smartwatch.
Trio Works With
Giving Trio As A Gift?
We've got you covered. Since we won't be delivering Trio in December, simply message us once you've become a backer and we'll email you a special PDF gift message with an image of Trio on it so you can still wrap something up for the lucky recipient! (We'll even customize the PDF with the recipient's name and a personal gift message if you'd like).
What The Press Is Saying.
"I’ve been searching for a set of stands like this for a long, long time, and I’m pleased to have finally found a solution that looks great and works well."
"the individual components are like three little sculptures with smooth machining and flawless finishes."
"a gorgeous and practical universal docking station"
"Trio is certainly one of the best iPhone 6/6s docking stations"
"Have a ton of devices like us? You need the Trio Charging Hub"
The Next Evolution of Charging.
In early 2015, we launched Duet, a charging hub designed specifically for iPhone and Apple Watch. The response we received was overwhelming. Our backers loved Duet, and we beamed with happiness each time we got a review like the following:
"This dock has to be the best dock I've ever used (I have more docks than I can count on both hands)” - Brandon (Duet Backer)
Still, we knew there was room for Duet to grow. So we expanded on what made Duet work and added universality as well as tablet compatibility. The result: Trio.
Have an iPhone and an iPad? Great. How about an iPhone and a Galaxy Tab? Not a problem. A Galaxy S6 edge and an iPad? Trio's for you!
There are a ton of different devices and models on the market today. We didn't want Trio to be limited to one subcategory of mobile device users. That's why we one of our biggest goals was to make Trio compatible with as many major devices as possible.
We're proud to say we achieved this.
We've designed a collection of custom cables that will be included with each Solo Phone Dock and Solo Tablet Dock - these cables are interchangeable in the included cable holder that's secured in each dock. For now, each Solo Phone Dock and Solo Tablet Dock will come standard with a custom Lightning cable and custom micro-USB cable (and accompanying cable holder), which covers the vast majority of phones and tablet charging ports.
For devices that use USB-C charging ports, a simple $5 add-on can be selected with your reward (please simply add $5 to your total pledge). The availability of this add-on (with respect to whether or not it can be included standard with each dock) may change with future funding.
And as for watches - we're launching Trio with Apple Watch support and Pebble Time support to follow shortly after (dependent on stretch goal funding). And the more support we get throughout this project, the more smartwatches we can add compatibility for! (More details on stretch goals below).
Finally, because we know not everyone likes naked phones, Trio plays nicely with most cases on the market. No need to remove your devices from their cases when docking.
There are times we miss the early mobile days of only having one device to charge. A simple brick phone with one cable... Who are we kidding? We love all our devices. But we don't love having to manage charging all of them. Each decision we've made in the development of Trio has been with the aim to make charging an effortless process.
No tangled cables, no cluttered desks and nightstands. Just place your devices in this minimal charging hub and forget about them until they're needed again.
Each unit of Trio is CNC machined from a solid block of aluminum. Once machined, each unit is polished, glass bead blasted, then anodized to bring it to its final, perfect finish.
Want more of an idea of how much work and care is put into each Trio? Over 3 hours of machine time alone are allotted to each Trio Charging Hub (this doesn't include the post-machining processes).
Trio is the result of many months of iterating and reiterating. The design you see on this page has come to be thanks to thousands of hours worth of obsessive work.
And when we say obsessive, we mean it. We've personally used Trio over and over and over again to see what we liked about it and what we should change. Rest assured that this is a product that is actively used by the people who designed it!
It's super important to us that you can use Trio in a way that matches your lifestyle.
Want to charge all three of your devices in one place? Done.
Would you rather take your tablet to your desk and not charge it on your nightstand? Not a problem.
Trio is outfitted with neodymium magnets that allow the entire hub to be arranged in any setup you'd like. Swap around the order that you display and charge your devices, or charge them all separately.
You don't even have to use Trio completely side-by-side-by-side. Want to make a little more room on your nightstand? Choose the setup below with your tablet behind your phone and watch.
Regardless of your preferred setup, Trio's got you covered.
Pick Your Color.
Your devices don't just come in one color, so neither does Trio. No matter your personal taste, Trio comes in a finish that will complement your devices: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, and Matte Black.
We're planning on a retail price of approximately $129 for Trio, and we want to reward all of our Kickstarter-based Trio community for believing in our vision early on.
$49 - One (1) Solo Phone Dock (only includes phone dock)
$49 - One (1) Solo Tablet Dock (only includes tablet dock)
$49 - One (1) Solo Watch Dock (only includes watch dock)
$89 - One (1) Duet (any combination of Solo Phone Dock, Solo Tablet Dock, and Solo Watch Dock you'd like)
$99 - Early Bird: One (1) Trio
$109 - One (1) Trio
$199 - Two (2) Trios
$495 - Five (5) Trios
Once we reach our funding goal, every additional dollar we receive will go towards making Trio even more awesome!
$25K - Trio Funding Goal
$50K - Trio will officially support Pebble Time with a simple attachment (available as a $5 add-on) to the Solo Watch Dock. This stretch goal will become a reality once we hear from at least 50 backers that are interested in this attachment.
?K - We have some more ideas for added functionality and features, and we can't wait to reveal them to you soon! (Quick teaser: one of these ideas involves an additional cable management solution).
We've been working tirelessly for the past several months with our established network of artists, machinists, media blasters, anodizers, and suppliers to make sure that your Trio reaches the level of perfection we strive for.
So where in the development process are we right now? What you're seeing in the video above and the images on this page is a final prototype (pre-production) version of Trio. There may be a few more tweaks to be made before going to full-scale production, but we're almost there.
This is where you come in: before we can place our first order to officially begin production of Trio, we need to be able to purchase a large amount of raw aluminum, neodymium magnets, nano suction material, and materials to manufacture custom charging cables.
Purchasing all of this material goes hand in hand with the minimum order quantities that are required before manufacturing begins. In other words, we won't be able to make Trio unless enough of you join the community!
Help Us By Sharing Trio With Your Friends
Like what you're seeing? Great! Don't be shy about sharing Trio with your friends. We've made it super easy. Just hit one of the buttons below (or at the top of the page).
The more people who know about Trio, the larger our community will become! And the larger the community, the better we'll be able to make Trio!
We're Matt and Mark. Designing products that we ourselves actually want to use is our primary focus with our design studio, Antsy Labs.
Ask away! Shoot us a message or post a comment and we'll do our best to get back to you with an answer.
Got a creative idea you think we should implement with Trio? Don't hesitate - let us know! Trio is being made possible by you, and we want you to be a part of the creative process as well.
This project isn't just for backers in the United States. We'll be shipping Trio worldwide!
That being said, there are unique processes that apply specifically to international backers that we'd like you to be aware of. Please note that there is no way for us to charge any additional amount on our end for any applicable VAT/duties that may be a result of a specific country's local tax code. Therefore, these fees may be incurred upon receipt of your reward. These fees are the responsibility of each backer, and additional information regarding VAT/duties can be found in our FAQ below.
Risks and challenges
With numerous Kickstarter projects already under our belt, we know what we're getting into. Each product we've guided through production has given us more experience in this industry.
Our network of manufacturers, printers, shippers, etc. have proven themselves to be competent problem solvers working with us in the past, and we're confident that we will deliver a product that makes you smile.
Even the most prepared design project still has the chance of running into issues during production. That being said, we promise to always communicate openly with the community about any and all obstacles that may make their way onto our path. And if that time comes, we will work tirelessly to resolve each issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I only want one part of Trio. Can I pledge for just the Solo Phone Dock, just the Solo Tablet Dock, or just the Solo Watch dock alone?
You absolutely can. We totally understand that not everyone has or uses all three devices that Trio supports (tablet, phone, and smartwatch). If you love the look of Trio, but don’t have the need for all three parts of the charging hub, feel free to pledge at one of the lower tiers for one or two individual parts of Trio.
No problem! Check out some of our higher tiers that offer 2 and 5 Trios at a discounted rate for buying multiple units!
Again, no problem! Want 2 Solo Phone Docks? Simply pledge at the Duet level, and when we send out backer surveys you’ll be able to choose whatever combination of Solo Phone Dock, Solo Watch Dock, and Solo Tablet Dock you’d like for your setup.
Any phone with a micro-USB, Lightning, or USB-C charging port.
Please note: due to the percentage of devices that currently use USB-C, a custom cable holder and USB-C cable will be available in a $5 add-on to Trio. If your device uses USB-C, please be aware of this. Stay tuned, as this may change with increased funding.
In other words: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy Note5, OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, and the list goes on...
Any tablet with a micro-USB, Lightning, or USB-C charging port.
Please note: due to the percentage of devices that currently use USB-C, a custom cable holder and USB-C cable will be available in a $5 add-on to Trio (if you’d like this add-on to be included in your reward, please add $5 to your total pledge amount. We’ll verify your add-on order when backer surveys are sent out). If your device uses USB-C, please be aware of this. Stay tuned, as this may change with increased funding.
In other words: iPad (4th Generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and the list goes on...
Please note: some tablets' (such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2) charging ports are not centered left to right on the body of the device. This may result in the device being positioned slightly to the left or right in the Solo Tablet Dock, however this will not affect the functionality of Trio. If the device hangs off the edge of the dock, you may choose to configure your Trio with the Solo Tablet Dock in the back.
In addition, the Solo Tablet Dock is capable of supporting tablets that use proprietary charging ports. In these instances, the device can still be placed in the Solo Tablet Dock in an orientation that exposes the charging port, with the charging cable connected on the side of the device.
At this time, Trio works with Apple Watch.
Check out our stretch goals, however, as Pebble Time support is coming up next! And depending on future funding, we have additional plans to expand compatibility with additional smartwatches.
Yep! The Solo Watch Dock supports Apple Watch in Nightstand mode.
Trio works with almost any case on the market.
The few exceptions to this rule are cases that have permanently fixed flaps that cover the charging port on your device (for example, these can sometimes be found on some Otterbox models). If this flap cannot be removed (or repositioned toward the front, as can be seen in the project video) we cannot guarantee complete compatibility with Trio.
Each Trio includes the following cables:
2 custom Micro-USB Cables
2 custom Lightning Cables
This covers a majority of the possible devices that can be used with the Solo Phone Dock and the Solo Tablet Dock.
Smartwatch charging cables are not included at this time.
The short answer: no. We’ve designed each cable holder to work specifically with the cables that we provide with Trio. This allows us to be sure that the end-user experience is perfect. Unofficial cables may have dimensions that differ greatly from the cable holder dimensions, leading to an unstable fit and wobbly devices.
The official Apple Lightning cable will work with both the Solo Phone Dock and Solo Tablet Dock.
As there are many variations of micro-USB cables, we cannot guarantee that micro-USB cables other than those provided with Trio will work with the charging hub.
While we will certainly be working around the clock to ensure we get every last backer reward shipped out as early as possible, our estimated delivery of March 2016 is just that - an estimate. If you’re familiar with the processes involved in bringing a product through development, you probably know that there are many factors that are outside of our control once we go to production. We will do everything in our power to avoid shipping later than our goal of March 2016, but this date is not a guarantee.
Due to the nature of Kickstarter, we cannot offer refunds to backers once the project ends, with the exception of the unlikely instance of a defective reward being shipped out. Once the campaign ends, your pledges are put to use immediately to ensure that Trio enters into production as soon as possible. Therefore, we cannot offer refunds once the campaign has ended.
This depends on your local tax code. Any applicable duties/VAT are the sole responsibility of the backer, and not our team. We have absolutely no control over charging each backer additional duties/VAT at the time the pledge is made, and so these fees (if applicable) may be imposed at the time of receiving the package. If you are unsure whether or not you will be charged duties/VAT at the time of receiving your reward, please get in touch with your local post office.
For all US backers, we’ll be using Priority Mail via USPS. For international backers, we’ll likely be shipping via UPS. Due to variations in how international shipments are handled by the destination country, there are certain instances in which international backers may experience a delay of several days to several weeks once the package has arrived in its country of destination. Rest assured, this is likely due to a slight holdup in the customs process, and once this process has taken its course your reward will arrive.
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