About this project
Four Versions Now Available:
- Une Bobine - For iPhone (24 inches / 60 cm)
- Une Bobine - Micro|USB (24 inches / 60 cm)
- Petite Bobine - For iPhone (12 inches / 30 cm)
- Petite Bobine - Micro|USB (12 inches / 30 cm)
All reward levels have the choice of version(s). After the project is complete, we will send a survey for you to make your choice and provide your shipping address.
- We have announced Une Bobine - Micro|USB for Android devices and Petite Bobine, a 12 inch version to complement the 24 inch Une Bobine. Every pledge level will have complete choice of which versions you want.
- Because project funding has hit our stretch goal of $90,000, all Bobines will include a 3 foot USB Extension Cable at no charge!
Also, be sure to check out the video of our 'Kickathon' (sort of a hackathon for our Kickstarter project) on Update #9! This gives you a little behind the scenes peak at what goes into making products like these.
Android Guys "Make your Android happy..."
TUAW "...a stylish and handy iPhone cable..."
9to5 Mac "The benefits of the Une Bobine (which is French for "A Coil") are obvious"
Mashable "...the coil created by [FUSE]Chicken is pretty clever." (video review embedded below)
Technabob "There are a million docks, stands, and cables...Une Bobine can replace them all"
Lazytechguys.com "The Coolest Way To Charge Your iPhone!" ,"This is innovation at its best."
Geeky Gadgets "...a new innovative flexible cable"
macgasm.net "...a perfect example of what we love to see on Kickstarter."
Buzzraid "...this is something you should add to your arsenal."
What is Une Bobine?
Une Bobine is a patent pending flexible and eclectic stand, sync, and charging cable for iPhone... and Android. We have designed the cable with a very specific metal gooseneck material that provides a fully flexible cable with enough strength to hold the weight of your phone. The cable can be flexed in different positions, coiled, wrapped around objects.... the only limit is your imagination.
I still don't know what "Une Bobine" is...
We went through dozens of product name ideas before we settled on Une Bobine. It is French for 'A Coil' and also has Bob's name in it, which made Bob happy.
Who is Bob?
Bob is a stick figure and he had a problem. He didn't like setting his iPhone on a table to charge and sync. Too many scratches and spilled drinks. He also didn't want to buy docks for everywhere he wanted a stand. So he had an idea... what if he could make an iPhone (and Android) cable accesory to charge and sync that was also flexible and strong enough to be a stand for his phone? This is how Une Bobine was created.
Who is [Fuse]Chicken and why are you here?
[Fuse]Chicken is the off-shoot of our design and engineering studio. We have been developing award winning products for clients around the world for over 25 years. We have created everything from toys to vacuum cleaners and everything in between. You can check out some of our products at www.fawcett.com. Until now, there has not been an avenue to pursue our own product ideas that we regularly have. So that's why we're turning to you on Kickstarter. Creating a new product is easy, manufacturing it isn't. We have our own rapid prototyping and CNC machines, but these are limited to low quantities.We need your help with the funding to be able produce the Une Bobine cable affordably in larger quantities.
What can Une Bobine do?
- Look very cool on your desk or table
- Charge your phone by connecting to USB or a wall charger
- Sync with a computer by connecting to USB
- Adjust based on your mood
- Hold your phone in your car
- Place iPhone at eye level for FaceTime
- Hold your phone steady for photography and videography
- Did we mention that it looks very cool?
Why does Bob need my pledge?
It is surprisingly expensive to produce a cable. Each end of the connector requires mulitple injection molds to create the custom fitting in the housings that we need to securely attach to the flexible cable. The connector housings are also sonically welded together, which requires additional tools to produce each end. Your pledges will directly pay for these startup costs required to produce the cable.
What are the rewards?
There are 4 versions available. All reward levels will have the choice of which version (or versions if you pledge for more than 1) you will receive. This selection will be made after the project is complete.
- Une Bobine - For iPhone (24 inches/60 cm)
- Une Bobine - Micro|USB (24 inches/60 cm)
- Petite Bobine - For iPhone (12 inches/30 cm)
- Petite Bobine - Micro|USB (12 inches/30 cm)
All rewards include free shipping worldwide (except for shipping people)
$1 - Thank you very much. Every dollar helps.
$10 - An 8x10 glossy print of any frame from Bob's video, product photo, or rendering from the project.
$25 - Your very own Bobine.
$40 - Bob's Early Bird Special! 2 Bobines
$50 - 2 Bobines shipped to your door.
$75 - 4 Bobinesand a 5 pack of stickers with the [FUSE]chicken beak logo.
$100 - 6 Bobines and a signed 8x10 print of any frame from the Bob video.
$250 - 15 Bobines. And we'll call you to personally thank you while you are eating the chocolates that Bob sends you.
$500 - 33 Bobines...gifts for all of your friends. And Bob (or a look-alike) will pick you up from Cleveland Hopkins or Akron-Canton Airport and take you to a celebration in your honor where you will be toasted with Great Lakes Brewery's finest while dining on Cleveland's famous Polish sausages. (Airfare and accommodations not provided).
$750 - In addition to the $500 reward above, we will also produce a new 'Bob' video based on your life.
$1000 - In addition to the $750 reward above, the soundtrack for your video will be a song written just for you.
$1350 - Retail Pack of 100 Bobines.
$2500 - The $500 reward level plus lunch for 4 with our staff in Cleveland. You pick the cuisine, we'll pick the restaurant... don't worry, we have good taste.
$5000 - The $500 reward level plus a half-day design workship and lunch with our staff. Design, Engineering, Marketing, and more. And we'll throw in a brand new 16GB iPhone 4S along with your Une Bobine Cables! This will be an unlocked GSM iPhone.
How long until I will receive my reward?
Because we have already been through many prototype tests and have reached a final design, we have a manufacturing partner finalized and are prepared to approve them to begin tooling on the day that we reach the funding goal. This is the step to start building the injection molds for the custom connector housings. This process will take approximately 30 days to complete. All of the electrical wiring, connectors, and the flexible coil are already sourced and ready for purchase. When it's all said and done, we expect parts to ship from the manufacturer within approximately 45 days from the day we reach the funding goal. We have even calculated for air freight because the parts are lightweight. So there should only be a few day turn-around from the time they ship to us until they are shipping to you.
Use your imagination! Une Bobine can be positioned nearly every conceivable way.
These are functional prototypes being used for testing, so the connector ends are not the finished product. Part of the funding goal is needed to create the injection molds for the connectors.
We hope you enjoy watching the trailers for Une Bobine as much as we enjoyed making them!
Une Bobine works for your car
Yes it will. Please see Update #4 for photos in landscape position.
We already have a design for future versions that can accept alternate connectors (both Apple and others). This will include connectors that are not strong enough to support the weight of the phone, which we anticipate would be the case with the rumored iPhone 5 mini-connector. However, Une Bobine will be shipping to backers months before the next iPhone is released, so the version shipped will be for the current connector.
All pledge levels that include Bobines will have complete choice of which combination you would like for each of your Bobines. We will send out a survey at the end of the project funding that will allow you to make your selection.
Une Bobine is approximately 600mm (24 inches) long. When the end of the cable is coiled to provide support for the base, you can easily place your iPhone between 175mm (7 inches) and 250mm (10 inches) above the table or desk.
Petite Bobine is half the length at 300mm (12 inches) long. It can be coiled in the same manner and provide a slightly lower and more compact stand.
Please look through the project and update photos to see all of the many orientations. We have also posted a short video of some positioning testing that shows some very unique positions
Une Bobine should work with any case or bumper that provides clear access to the connector, which are most of them except for the heavy-duty and waterproof ones. The connector on the end of Une Bobine is nearly identical to the one that came with your iPhone. It is just slightly thicker to accommodate the thicker metal coil cable. If you are unsure, please message us a link to your case and we will review it.
These are photos of our functional prototypes. Part of the funding needed is to create the injection molds that will make both halves of the USB plug housing. Both ends of the cable will be a very nice white connector similar to your original iPhone connectors.
Absolutely! With any reward level selected, if you want more Bobines without stepping up to the next reward level, you can divide the reward pledge amount by the number of Bobines and add however many you want. Feel free to round, since some are repeating decimals. Example: $100 reward level = 6 Bobines ($100/6= $16.67). If you would like 10 Bobines, just pledge $166.70 for the $100 reward level and that is how many you will receive.
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