All metal, 5-axis CNC machined, tumble polished, bright red anodized. Works with cases. Pushed the mount back 1 degree to 9.5. Clamps the cord safely and securely. Made in USA. They are $15 now for backers, $19 next year. We have been using and testing them for weeks, they work great.
We quietly launched our new site last week to make sure everything was working before a big KS update. Marco Arment spilled the beans a few hours later and the first 1000 adapters were spoken for in a couple hours. We are manufacturing them 24/7 and are currently at a 2-3 week lead time. We update that on the status page.
Jim Newton, founder of Techshop (of course), designed a wedge for the Dock to set the angle back further. Matt Haughey of MetaFilter, whom we met at Portland's XOXO festival, 3D printed a lightning mount modeled by Michael Buffington and was featured in Wired. We think this is all really cool and a small taste of the future.
We sent the final batch of docks over a month ago. There are still 100 or so with shipping address or other problems we have been working through. Returned packages from international locales also trickle in, we will email you if that happens.
Designing and making adapters
We were originally going with a plastic lightning mount with molded-in threads and set screw to secure the cord. We had a complicated steel mold made in China and got the first off-tool samples 20 days later - they sucked! You put a lot of torque on that little connector when using it in the dock and the phone ended up in a slightly different orientation every time.
So we wrote that off and designed a much stronger adapter, machined individually here in Portland, just like we make our docks (and at about 20x the cost of molded plastic).
They hold the cord strongly and safely with a design that works like a bike seatpost clamp, putting lot of pressure over a large area. We wanted to make it look clean on top, so we did some special machining to separate the top surface from the clamp underneath.
The lightning connector, like all of Apple's 30pin connectors, are higher friction than our custom 30pin connectors shipped with your docks. But with the ElevationDock's weight, just some pressure from your pinky and you can remove your phone without the base moving.
Hand polished in piano black and bright blue. They are beautiful, look glossy wet. And its a special anodized finish, not paint. They are available with our iPhone 5 dock, Lightning Adapters pre-installed.
Special thanks to Kellie Jewett for her project management help and to Ethan and Chris for design and packaging work. A big thanks to Josh for logistics, Lorraine, Tut, Rose, Cameron, Kyle, Claire, Mary, Mike, Ric, Scott, James, and Cody who have helped this massive project deliver. Thank you Dave and Darren for help on the new site.
And big thanks to our tireless support team - Catherine, Nicole, Renee, and Lisa who have sent over 13,000 emails throughout this project to help our backers.
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