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Last updated November 15, 2019

HubCase: AIO USB-C Hub & Protective Case for MacBook Pro

The two-in-one magnesium protection case and attachable USB-C Hub to keep your MacBook Pro running safer and smoother

HubCase: AIO USB-C Hub & Protective Case for MacBook Pro

The two-in-one magnesium protection case and attachable USB-C Hub to keep your MacBook Pro running safer and smoother

$2,459
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
30
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 15 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 15, 2019

About


Meet the HubCase, a two-in-one extremely robust magnesium protection case for MacBook Pro 13' and a streamlined and safe USB-C hub that covers all your usage scenarios—namely if you’re on the go. 


That becomes a serious problem for MacBook Pro… you know, when you’re using your laptop without a table, sitting on a sofa or in your bed, or in a car or bus ride, or even during a standing meeting. Your standard USB-C hub will be left hanging off your MacBook, slowly damaging both USB connections over time. 

With HubCase, you have a steady and easily attachable USB-C hub that doesn’t wobble, doesn’t cause any damage to your devices, and doesn’t fail you, no matter how and where you use it.

It’s as if HubCase was built-in from scratch to your MacBook Pro, only it isn’t. You just attach it and detach it whenever you want!

Another advantage that HubCase offers is that it requires no plugs that are prone to snapping, no extra cables, and no conventional type-c hubs that are so easy to forget. You can just connect it to your MacBook Pro, and it’s always there for you!

Its mobility and streamlined design also ensure that HubCase can also be used as a separate stand-alone USB-C hub for all intents and purposes. Literally.

  • USB-C (Type-C) Thunderbolt 3 Port (x1) - DRP/DRD capabilities; DRP PD @ 60W (Capable 100W) 
  • USB-C (Type-C) Port (x1) - USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Read & Write up to 5Gbps)
  • USB-A Port (x2) - DRP/DRD USB 3.2 Gen1 (Read & Write up to 5Gbps), BC 1.2 compliant (Max 1.5A)
  • HDMI-A Port (x1) - HDMI 1.4 (4k Full Frame @ 24Hz, 4k UHD @ 24, 25, 30 Hz, 1080p @ 120Hz, audio pass through, supports sYCC601, Adobe RGB, Adobe YCC601)
  • SD & MMC Port (x1) - SD/SDHC/SDXC (100 Mb/s Read & Write), RS-MMC/MMC Micro Support
  • Micro SD Port (x1) - Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC (100 Mb/s read & write)

This is a device that we designed for the perfect user experience—because, as MacBook Pro users ourselves, we felt that the lack of existing good solutions from a user experience point of view was the motivation we needed to create the HubCase.

That’s why the HubCase is placed on the left side of your MacBook Pro: so that the headphone jack is kept easily available where you would normally find it and also so that it stays as compatible with different sizes of headphone ports as you want it.

That’s the other side of HubCase: keeping in mind that a beautiful design is something that is of paramount importance for every Mac user, we wanted to make sure that this device would fit right into your laptop’s elegant shell.

We designed HubCase with a full industrial-grade Magnesium AZ91D metal body that perfectly aligns with your computer design, matching elegance with extreme strength to ensure that your precious computer is protected from scratches.

That’s the other side of HubCase: keeping in mind that a beautiful design is something that is of paramount importance for every Mac user, we wanted to make sure that this device would fit right into your laptop’s elegant shell.

At the same time, despite its material strength, Magnesium AZ91D makes HubCase a very light-weight protective shell for your laptop… because, at the end of the day, we’d never make your computer any heavier than it already is!

MacBook Pro users tend to frustratingly accept that their ports will eventually become compromised through extensive wear that conventional hanging connectors will cause. Hence, facing the cost of replacing an expensive motherboard is practically accepted as a necessity.

However, with HubCase, this will no longer happen to your computer. For a fraction of the cost of a motherboard, you will have a reduced USB-C wear on your MacBook Pro's ports.

We’d like to share with you a bit of the story of what prompted us to create the HubCase—which is a MacBook Pro-compatible USB-C hub and protective case like no other on the market!

My name is Jim Fang, by the way, I am the creator of HubCase. As a MacBook Pro user, I faced the very problems that you’re likely facing, but I decided I had to create a solution for it. I developed and tested different schemes and sketches and I fine-tuned the prototype and became even more determined to take the project forward after in-depth discussions with professional industrial designers. In April 2019, I visited A factory in Shenzhen, the manufacturing center of China, and established a feasible production technology scheme that has only evolved from thereon. That—along with your support—is how we’re turning an idea for a solution into a reality that makes your life easier as a MacBook Pro user.

MacBook series computers have a large number of loyal users all over the world, and Type-C technology, which is first and foremost used by Apple, is bound to become a trend and even—we believe—a unified standard with its advantages of small occupancy size and dual functions of data transmission and charging. Now, given that a MacBook Pro is intended to be a laptop and not a desktop, it makes no sense for these user experience problems to be felt whenever you need to use your Type-C connectors. HubCase solves all these issues by creating a USB-C Hub that is literally made with the specific interests and needs of MacBook Pro users in mind!

We believe you’ll like to be reassured that we’re as financially committed to the project as our backers are. That’s why, although this project will cost about $120,000 in total, we secured other sources of funding and we’re also self-funding it to ensure it moves forward. We have also been able to push the mold costs down so that the bulk of the costs—with Molding, the Magnesium Alloy, and the Electronics part of the project—are as quality-driven and, at the same time, as affordable as possible. That’s another way by which we’re creating value for our backers!

This is the general timeline for our project. As you can see, we expect to deliver the HubCase to our backers in November 2019, but we will keep updating this timeline as the campaign develops. 

We also intend to engage frequently with our backers to keep you in the loop as the project unfolds. We will also be especially open to receiving feedback from you because we will be more than happy to make any relevant improvements that you believe HubCase should have.

My Journey as a Problem Solver

Hey, it’s me again! Ever since I arrived in the U.S. entering the fourth grade of primary school, my passion for computer and technology has always been with me. While I am only 14 years old today, I already know enough about technology to bet that it can truly improve the lives of people in so many ways. In fact, I’ve done it with my own hands: as a natural tech problem solver, I have already created a program that currently has 85,000 users and is making their lives easier. That’s also the kind of creative technological thinking that led me to secure patents in China and in the U.S. for many of my inventions. 

Touching People’s Lives Through Technology

Since I believe that technology is a great and unparalleled social equalizer, I have for years been leading ReConnect, an American Non-Profit that accepts donations of second-hand computers from urban school districts and individuals, engages students in repairing, reassembling and distributing them free of charge, and it delivers these upgraded donated computers to economically challenged students in liaison with several registered Non-profits in the country. That way, we provide free access to computers and technology to economically impaired children, we help prevent electronic waste, and we engage students in tech-related social work.


Launching Innovation Every Year

That’s one of the mottos of Innovox, a tech company based in Castro Valley, California, that I created with the intention of developing and launching a seriously useful and innovative product every year. I channel my creativity and expertise in this field through Innovox—which is the creator of the HubCase that I am now offering you—and I also leverage my company’s connections with China’s business environment, where we have a complete product manufacturing industry chain in place to help us turn our technological ideas into actual products that you can use.

Meeting Top Standards from China

I understand that most people assume that what has a “Made in China” label may have some quality issues. I take that as another challenge. We only work with the best manufacturers, we carefully control the quality of our products, and we make sure that our products meet and exceed FCC, RoHS & CE standards.

Risks and challenges

At Innovox, Inc., we will try our best to fulfill all Kickstarter rewards on time, and we have secured the right partners across the manufacturing and distribution chain to ensure, as much as possible, that we will get your HubCase to your hands within the projected time for fulfillment.

However, as with any entrepreneurial project, we may face unexpected situations that cause delays and other issues. However, should any situation arise, we promise to do our best to deal with it as swiftly and effectively as possible, and always keeping close contact with you to keep you in the loop.

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