About this project
Mashable: "ZenDock will fix that"
Cult of Mac: “I can get behind this 100%“
The Next Web: “The docks look good”
MacRumors: “Solve Age-Old MacBook Docking Problem”
9 TO 5 Mac: “get in on the Kickstarter before it ends.“
Gear Hungry: “streamlines the process, combining all your wires”
SpicyTec: “most elegant docking solution”
Technetec: “access your ports but with an awesome twist!“
Man of many: “This product needs to be made”
WireMunch: "Amazing Accomplishments"
Good Morning: "Simple, elegant effective"
PCR Online: "High-end docking solution"
**MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MACBOOK AIR OWNERS! (see video):
After receiving an enormous amount of requests, and with less than 48 hours left for the Kickstarter project – we are proudly announcing…
That's right, we are now offering a ZenDock for the Macbook Air! To make things even better, we’re offering two versions - one for the latest Macbook Air which uses Mag Safe 2, and one for the previous Macbook Air which uses Mag Safe 1.
Both ZenDock Airs allow you to connect to high quality speakers (optical or standard), microphone, Magsafe power, Ethernet, and even other USB devices - all with one single connection.
You get the same cable clearing mountable base you’ve seen already, and since the ZenDock Air is smaller and has less cables, we are able to include our custom USB Ethernet adapter for no additional charge.
We are so excited to get the ZenDock Air out to you guys. And – we definitely need your help spreading the word fast! So tell your friends, family, and everybody you know to share, share, share!
Thank you Backers!
Cole + The Zenboxx Team
PS: If you have any questions, please check our FAQ at the bottom of this page - if you still have questions after that - please email us at email@example.com, it's the fastest way to get to us.
Other New Updates:
Check out our Google Glass Demo of ZenDock AND Zendock support for Optical Digital Audio!
Google Glass ZenDock Demo:
ZenDock now supports Optical SPDIF Audio!
ZenDock has been in development for just over a year. Around four months ago we tested the concept and received an overwhelming response. We set out to build ZenDock with two design principles in mind - First was to build an elegant solution that would seamlessly integrate with your MacBook and second was to build a device that just works, yet doesn't get in your way. Both versions always leave at least one USB, SD and headphone port accessible right on your Macbook, while allowing more permanent devices to be connected to the base. The ZenDock is CNC milled from solid blocks of ultra high quality T6061 aluminum, bead blasted and anodized to beautifully match your MacBook.
Manufacturing / Production Plans:
• Electronics: Zendock has been designed to use already proven electronics. We started out by purchasing every USB 3.0 hub and sound adapter we could find, and tested each one first hand. Once we finally found electronics that we were happy with, we went to those companies directly and negotiated large quantity and custom purchase arrangements. We even have backup manufacturers that we can use if needed.
• Main Cable: For the main cable production, we’ve researched dozens of custom cable manufacturers. Currently, we are working with a highly regarded company in Silicon Valley. Once we meet the required minimum order quantity, custom production molds can be made. At the end of the Kickstarter project, one of the first things we will do is order prototype cables from them and at least one other manufacturer for comparison (our current prototype cables were hand made by us).
• Enclosures: A central part of ZenDock is the beautiful CNC milled enclosures. We have toured factories, and dedicated a very significant amount of time selecting partners with the ability to both produce large quantity orders and meet our quality standards. Our primary selection is a manufacturer we have been working with for many months to build our prototype enclosures. During this process we have been extremely happy with the turn around time, quality and general work ethic, and we are very confidant that they will deliver on their promises during the production phase.
Kickstarter, we need your help!
If you like this project, please back-us by pre-ordering a ZenDock today so that we can meet the minimum quantity orders for manufacturing. We expect our first pre-orders to ship out before the end of October and we will be keeping you updated every step of the way. We welcome all feedback, and are truly excited to have you along for this adventure.
Keep up with our journey: We are technology geeks at heart, and will be sending updates every step of the way. Throughout the process our team is dedicated to keeping you informed. Keep an eye out for new blog posts (on our website), additional rewards, and even opportunities for our most excited enthusiasts to get their hands on pre-production units for review. We want YOU to be a part of the whole process.
Please follow along at www.ZenBoxx.com give feedback, and see the behind-the-scenes Zendock development.
A few pics along the journey (see much more at the blog)...
Copyright notice: Zenboxx is a brand of LetsListen, Corp. All trademarked terms are the property of their respective owners. Zenboxx / LetsLisen, Corp makes no claim to affiliation with any trademark holders including Apple, Intel and others.
Risks and challenges
We have manufacturers for our CNC milled enclosures lined up and ready to go, as well as for our main cable and for the electronics. In the case that something falls through with any of these companies, there possibly could be a delay in our shipping date. However, we think this is unlikely as we have built in extra time, so that we have a better chance of shipping on time, even if issues come up.
There are of course other un-foreseen risks that could happen. Due to the nature of un-foreseen risks, we are not able to list them all out, but you can count on us to do all that we can to push through any issues that arise and to make sure we ship out the best product that we can and in a reasonable time period given any situations that may arrive. If any delays occur that would push back our expected ship date, we will send out updates right away and keep you up to speed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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