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Undocking's a breeze and it works with cases. Built at a whole new level of quality with a beautifully minimal design.
Undocking's a breeze and it works with cases. Built at a whole new level of quality with a beautifully minimal design.
Undocking's a breeze and it works with cases. Built at a whole new level of quality with a beautifully minimal design.
12,521 backers pledged $1,464,706 to help bring this project to life.

Real Artists Ship

Today is a big day, we have shipped the first batch of Elevation Docks.

These are from our growing stockpile of parts and the rest will be going out in the coming weeks as bodies come back from machining, anodizing, and lasering - literally assembled, packaged, and shipped the same day they come into our shop. Power adapters for the Dock+ versions should be coming in next week so we can start shipping those too.

Many many thanks to all the people and vendors involved to make this happen. Having designed products for a lot of different companies, I know few nimble or focused enough to bring something from concept to mass production this quickly, especially on a product that doesn’t lend itself to fast or simple manufacturing methods. And thank you for your patience. There are big reasons why you don’t see a lot of complicated machined products with custom connectors - it’s very difficult and expensive, especially when done 90% domestically. There are many methods, like plastic molding, that are 100x cheaper and 1000x quicker to make. You just can’t ever match the precision look and feel of a fully machined part - Apple certainly knew this when they started making unibody MacBook Pros. If you are ever bored, try taking apart an Apple remote to see how they machined them.

iPhone 5 - Rumors are heating up about an iPhone with 176 more vertical pixels and smaller connector. As we have said before, we will make available either a new bolt-in, swappable circuit board or a bolt-in mount for the end of the new cord so these are future proof. Width should not be an issue - going from a 3.5” to 4” screen adds less than .25” width wise, and even less if it does in fact go to a 16:9 viewing ratio and they don’t stray from 326ppi Retina Display. Wouldn’t bet against Johnny Ive cutting fat from the bezel thickness either.

Thanks again,



    1. Creator Marc Feldesman on June 28, 2012

      I pledged relatively early. Any chance of getting a realistic ETA. I also live in PDX.

    2. Creator Charles King on June 27, 2012

      How do we know if our dock has shipped or not? This just keeps dragging out... Post says docks shipping around June 4th and now its the 27th with no dock and no shipping info. This sucks!

    3. Creator Jim Young on June 25, 2012

      My dock arrived and I love it! I immediately plugged it into the wall and started using it daily. The connector is still a little "sticky", but the weight of the dock helps. Nice work, gorgeous craftsmanship.

    4. Creator David Ho on June 22, 2012

      See elevational lab facebook page, more photo updates

    5. Creator William Rush on June 22, 2012

      My dock has not yet arrived. By the time it does, iPhone 5 may be just a couple months away. Your note above says you will make available a way to upgrade the dock to IPhone 5. What will the cost associated with this upgrade be? Thanks much

    6. Creator Jarrod Merkel on June 21, 2012

      Any updates on the shipping process, I was really hoping that mine would arrive this week ?

    7. Creator Tom Moccia on June 12, 2012

      @colin about where were you in the order of backers? First 3rd? Middle 3rd? Last 3rd? That would help determine where we are in the process. Thanks in advance.

    8. Creator Richard R on June 11, 2012

      @Colin Rowan...I am a little concerned when you say it doesn't fit with an Apple bumper on your phone the original description said specifically the dock is designed to work with or without a case.
      Can you clarify what's happening with your dock?
      Even the pictures show the iPhone with what looks like a bumper sitting in the dock with room to least it looks it looks that way.

    9. Creator Mike Wohlrab on June 10, 2012

      @Robert, it doesn't look like its possible to track it. They are shipping as quickly as they can. As soon as they get the docks milled, and the components in, they assemble, test, and ship same day.

    10. Creator Robert O'Brien on June 10, 2012

      How can we track our order?

    11. Creator Colin Rowan on June 8, 2012

      Andrew: it rocks back and forth (left to right). It doesn't seem to slide all the way down into the dock. I'm hoping I'm 'docking it wrong.'

    12. Creator Jeffery Miller on June 8, 2012

      Cant we all just get along? For GODS sake most of the entities on KS are "Starters" - HELLO!? We all knew we weren't buying a PC from HP or a freaking Chevy. We're buying a new product from a new guy and issues are to be anticipated. It's called the bleeding edge of technology for a reason. So make yourself a nice stiff drink, sit back, be rational in your expectations and enjoy the hell out of some of the coolest stuff no one else has when it arrives.

    13. Creator Andrew Westle on June 8, 2012

      How does it not fit in the dock Colin?

    14. Creator Colin Rowan on June 8, 2012

      Just got mine in the mail. Very nice. A little bummed that it doesn't fit with Apple's bumper. Seems like that's one of the "cases" that would work.

    15. Creator Tom Moccia on June 8, 2012

      @David So you came up with 36 shipped per day by the picture? Are you kidding me? Did it ever occur to you that all the shipped docks may not fit in a single photo? Or just perhaps they shipped a large batch of docks then decided "Hey this would be a cool photo for the update". Or maybe they had this batch of docks on the table took the picture then shipped many more after these had been packaged and shipped. I didn't know it was a prerequisite to have every single dock that ships that day in the picture.

      I am as anxious as anyone to get the dock and yes, I it would be nice to know when my dock ships and a tracking number. But it is what it is. Unsubstantiated numbers of units shipped just gets people aggravated. I respect you opinion but you opinion has turned into a bitch session.

    16. Creator Eric Sxebo (deleted) on June 8, 2012

      @Mike - I was surprised for once to see a reasonably rational response, coming from another backer, on my comments. Thank you for that. Perhaps sending emails directly to them is the proper channel and not publicly ranting about it on here...I will give that a try.

    17. Creator Mike Wohlrab on June 8, 2012

      @David, you do realize that Casey isn't selectively choosing to ignore just your questions / concerns, but neither himself, nor the Elevation Lab team has responded to ANYONES comments on here since the beginning. They have directed all questions / concerns to their email. I can almost guarantee you that they are shipping more than 36 everyday. I estimate there are about 15,000 docks they have to make. Divide that by 36 (per day) and they will be shipping docks for the next 416 days. So, if they ship 36 docks per day, every day including weekends, it will take over 1 year to ship the original order of docks from this project. I'm pretty sure they can and are shipping more than that.

    18. Creator Eric Sxebo (deleted) on June 8, 2012

      That's a wild guess judging from the pic in the update -- well, that's the problem as Casey is not providing full disclosure on the details. I've publicly posted questions and concerns but not 1 response was received directly from Casey except backlashes from other backers. I'm just entitled to express my opinions than any other person here so live with it.

    19. Creator Tom Moccia on June 8, 2012

      @David Please when you quote a number like "36 units shipped a day" please reference where you obtained your information. Otherwise your just pulling stuff out of your butt

    20. Creator Mike Wohlrab on June 7, 2012

      I may have gotten bored and created a Petition!
      I encourage all that agree with the petition to sign it. I will be sending an email to the Elevation Lab team with a link to the petition as well.

    21. Creator MOKU on June 7, 2012

      Looks like one backer got his today... Aaron Linville just post in the comment area.

    22. Creator Willis Gomez on June 7, 2012

      No, No, No, I'll buy David's units right now...

    23. Creator Tim S on June 7, 2012

      Oh what a surprise @David is complaining. The day must end in a 'Y' if he's back here moaning about something.

      Change the record it must be stuck.....again.

    24. Creator MOKU on June 7, 2012

      No, I'll buy David's units right now...

    25. Creator Greg Hunter on June 7, 2012

      I'll buy David's unit right now. Save him the trouble of waiting any longer.

    26. Creator Mike Wohlrab on June 7, 2012

      Someone should start a petition for Elevation Lab to refund @David's donation.

    27. Creator Brandon Wagner on June 7, 2012

      @David Shut up. Just shut up, seriously. Donating to a kickstarter project has inherent risks and you sound like a crybaby idiot.

    28. Creator Rj Ciccaglione on June 7, 2012

      I think some people are confusing backing a kickstart campaign with shopping at the mall.

    29. Creator Adam Selby on June 7, 2012

      @David, what makes you so entitled?

    30. Creator Eric Sxebo (deleted) on June 7, 2012

      Wishful thinking, these docks are slowly trickling out at a measly ~36 docks per day. What a complete joke! You guy's should just be glad it's actually coming as it sure sounded fishy with all the delays and $1.4M dollars at stake. If anything, Casey should be doing the right thing and shipping everything overnight delivery as 6 months of waiting is bullshit.....

    31. Creator Mike Wohlrab on June 6, 2012

      @PhotoGuy, I don't think we get tracking numbers at all. The way the wording is made in this update, they shipped on the 5th. Someone received their dock earlier this afternoon, which leads me to believe they did overnight shipping, which is really amazing.
      I would like a tracking number, but it would also make a really great surprise to have it all of a sudden show up. I don't think they would be able to say what 'group' they are shipping as they said once they come in, they ship right back out, so its a really quick receive, inspect, package, and ship phase that it might make it difficult to say. I would think they are shipping in order of pledges received - First to pledge, First to receive.

    32. Creator PhotoGuy on June 6, 2012

      How do we know which batch of people we are in for the shipment dates? Do we get a tracking number or just an awesome surprise at our door?

    33. Creator Sue Ellen Colter on June 6, 2012

      Thank you so much for making these in this country. If a few more people were like you, there would be more employed people in the USA.

    34. Creator David Elliott on June 5, 2012

      Steven, keep in mind that Casey originally expected to be shipping the products on April 28. The only way he could have done that was to already have a lot of the parts ready to go. He has had to wait for the parts he listed in Update #14.

    35. Creator Karan Kapur on June 5, 2012

      waiting .. :)

    36. Creator Steven Pacheco on June 5, 2012

      They say "good things take time." So I'm wondering how the hell you pulled this off so fast. Great work and as everyone else, I'm extremely excited to get mine! Thanks for the hard work.

    37. Creator Phil Glockner on June 5, 2012

      I'm moving this week, how do I update my ship-to address?

    38. Creator Paul Brenner on June 5, 2012

      Hooray. And now the feeling of regret for having waited so long to become a backer. I'm sure my dock is something like #10,000 in line

    39. Creator Mark Fewell on June 5, 2012

      Casey. Well done, and your attention to detail and concern for future usage is much appreciated.

    40. Creator John Passarella on June 5, 2012

      So the Dock+ units will start shipping a week later than the regular Docks? Sounds good.

    41. Creator James Dewey on June 5, 2012

      Great news that you are shipping! Since I'm often away from my condo days at a time, I will need to make arrangements for someone to check to see if a package is at my door. What shipper are you using? And will individuals be notified with shipping number? THANKS! JOB WELL DONE!!

    42. Creator Matt Graham on June 5, 2012

      You just made my day when you said that this dock is upgradable. You're awesome!

    43. Creator Rob Cordosi on June 5, 2012

      Awesome! Casey, you could teach some other folks with Kickstarter projects, with much less complex design, a few things. Can't wait to get my dock and thanks for staying ahead of the curve with the new iPhone coming so soon.

    44. Creator Fares Fayad on June 5, 2012

      Great news! Will there be a way for us international backers to track the shipments? Thanks.

    45. Creator David Ho on June 5, 2012

      Casey that's awesome news thanks for the update!!!

    46. Creator Francesca Varisco on June 5, 2012

      Great news!! Thanks for the excellent job!! :D

    47. Creator Hugo Horta Ruivinho on June 5, 2012

      The iPhone 5 part was all i wanted to ear (read) -> happy dance!

    48. Creator Peter on June 5, 2012

      Thanks Casey, looking forward to receiving the babies :)

    49. Creator Todd on June 4, 2012

      I pledge allegiance....Well done guys. I just love the low key execution and delivering to commitment. I am a little tired of some of my other kicks winding me up and letting me down. Congrats and thank you.

    50. Creator Benjamin Dean on June 4, 2012