About this project
Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my Kickstarter page! With your help, I'd love to release a unique product that I think you’ll enjoy using as much as I’ve enjoyed designing (and using myself as well, of course).
The Dockem is a simple smartphone or tablet accessory that provides you with a whole new way to store your device. The Dockem lets you dock your device on the wall, or any vertical surface, which provides convenience in many situations. From docking your iPhone or Droid next to your bed, to docking your iPad on the wall across from your desk, you may be surprised to see the applications for such a simple idea. See the video above for more ideas, or visit Dockem.com.
The Dockem is specially designed to be universal, meaning it will fit most any smartphone, tablet, or eReader, among other things (anything less than 5 lbs in weight and 20mm in thickness will work; visit www.Dockem.com for a more complete list of compatible devices). It is designed so that your device simply rests in the pocket, and is not actually clamped down in any way, but simply uses gravity to hold your device securely in place. There is plenty of room so that with most devices, you can even leave on your protective case! Besides being universal, another key feature of the Dockem is that it was designed to work with removable Command Strips, meaning it won’t damage your wall if you decide to remove it, but will hold on securely at the same time. The Command strips are rated to hold up to 5lbs each (and the Dockem uses 2, one on each side) and are water, heat, and humidity resistant, so you can be confident that your device will be secure.
The idea for the Dockem began in college, where I never had a night stand and never had a place to put my phone. The first version of the Dockem was actually made 5 years ago, and it consisted of a pocket made of duct tape on the wall next to my bed. Since then, obviously I’ve taken some giant steps in developing my idea, and have finally arrived at the current Dockem design. I now have a nightstand, but I still use my Dockem every night. I love having my phone (which is also my alarm clock) within arm’s reach at all times, without having to worry about it falling off the bed or nightstand. Finally, I’m not cluttering up my nightstand, and I never have to search for my charging cord with the convenient cord clip, which keeps the cord exactly where I want it.
So why do I need YOUR help? After months of designing and prototyping, the Dockem is ready for production, however, manufacturing is expensive. The process that will be used to manufacture the Dockem is called injection molding, which is unfortunately very expensive to get started (it requires getting custom steel molds made, which can be upwards of $10,000 alone!). By pledging at least fifteen dollars, you will essentially be pre-ordering your very own Dockem and ensuring that you are the first of your friends who has the ability to dock their device on the wall. After the Kickstarter campaign, the Dockem will likely be retailing for $20, so order now to take advantage of the discount!
The Dockem will be manufactured with ABS plastic, which is a very sturdy and impact resistant material (the same stuff they make car bumpers out of), so your Dockem will have no trouble holding your device. We plan to have our first batch manufactured and mailed out to you, our backers, by early April.
I’ve put a lot of thought and energy into designing a product that I love using myself, and I really think you’ll fall in love with it as well. Check out www.Dockem.com if you're still not convinced, and follow this project on Twitter for updates and become a fan on Facebook:
UPDATE: The Dockem is also compatible with Command Picture Hanging strips, which allow you to move the Dockem from place to place. See Project Update #7: http://kck.st/hHu7J9 to learn more about using these strips. The Dockem comes with the Large water resistant strips mentioned above, but you may add the following to your pledge to receive extra strips or the picture hanging strips:
Pack of 4 Large Water resistant strips: add $5 per pack Pack of 6 Medium Picture Hanging strips: add $5 per pack Pack of 8 Large Picture Hanging strips: add $7 per pack
Simply add the appropriate amount to your pledge, and when funding is successful, we'll ask you what you intended to order.
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