You have the world's coolest and most sophisticated notebook. But now, you can't plug any of your things into it. You've waited for that hub that never came. We feel you. That's why we created Branch.
BranchBox is a gorgeous companion to your MacBook that gives you:
When we were designing BranchBox, we wanted to make something that would compliment the beautiful aesthetics of the new MacBook. We started with a machined aluminum body and gave it soft rounded edges. We then bead blasted the aluminum shell for a finish identical to that of the Mac. The BranchBox looks phenomenal with your new MacBook whether it is silver, gold, or space gray.
We then added wrap-around LEDs that not only look awesome, but also serve as a charging indicator. Orange for charging, Green for fully charged. Off when the charger isn't plugged in. Familiar. The LEDs are fined tuned to glow evenly around all corners of the dock.
BranchBox gives you simultaneous charging, data, and video. The custom firmware allows you to plug and unplug your charger while transferring data and video without interruption! Up to 4 USB 2.0 devices can be plugged in while still connected to your external monitor via miniDisplayPort. Video can be 1080p (HDTV) @ 60 HZ or 4k @ 30 Hz.
We found the 4 USB + MiniDisplay arrangement is both ideal and future-proof for countless applications including: Photography, Music Production, Video Editing, Graphic Design, Engineering, as well as traditional settings such as school or in the office.
BranchBox has an ideal form factor for travel or fixed office applications. At 13mm, BranchBox is only as thick as the new MacBook. With the fixed, grommet reinforced USB-C cable you’ll never have to worry about losing your cable, or your hub being disconnected.
Why are there so few USB-C solutions on the market so far? The answer lies in delays with custom USB-C control chipsets which talk to the Mac and request the correct charging state as well as enable video and data. Branch has solved this problem by implementing custom firmware on an existing and readily available chipset. We assure you, the same problems that others have had with getting access to chips is not an issue for Branch.
Stretch Goal: $120,000- COLORS! Get your pick of Gold, Silver or Space Grey, color matched perfectly to the MacBook, just like the original BranchBox.
Where we sit now:
Surprise someone with the ultimate holiday gift. Pledge BranchBox as a gift and simply let us know. The recipient will receive a special email from us saying they are receiving a Branch from you in our first shipment.
Risks and challenges
Branch has dedicated computer and design engineers on staff with over 15 years of experience working on hardware projects at some of the giant California based technology companies. When we created Branch, we used our industry experience to set realistic goals at a realistic price point with a realistic delivery date. We have minimized risks by verifying the design works before launching the campaign. Every chip in our electronic design is readily available in mass quantities, so we don't expect any chip supply issues or delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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