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About this project

Hey Kickstarters! Thanks for taking a look at our project. We're excited to be back for another launch. Our last two projects PadPivot and CableKeeps were enormously rewarding and we couldn't be prouder to be launching something new.  

A friendly piece of art near your bedside.
A friendly piece of art near your bedside.

A very different kind of charging dock.  There are hundreds of different iPhone docks out there.  There are at least a half dozen launched on Kickstarter alone - machined from aluminum, bent out of steel, or using some form of heavy industrial process.  Great designs, just a little too sharp and serious with their emphasis on precision and materials.  We wanted something more akin to art, something sculptural, fun, and thought provoking.  

Cloud 9 is great for a desk, nightstand, or counter.
Cloud 9 is great for a desk, nightstand, or counter.

So why a cloud?  The cloud was initially chosen out of its association with our current technology vernacular.   We share our photos "in the cloud", we use "cloud computing", and Apple uses a "lightning" connector on its charging cables.  Aside from our modern language, clouds have been powerful symbols in art and culture for dreams, happiness, fertility, and blessings.  We thought these associations stirred great double meanings.

Our cloud is also a reminder that we spend many of our days in a virtual,  world.  A place where our social media posts, locations, behaviors, and spending is constantly being collected, observed, and parsed "in the cloud".  

So what makes a Nice iPhone dock?  We had several things on our wish list for this design:

  • Must work with protective cases
  • Must come with the cable
  • High-touch materials
  • Delightful in form and utility
  • Solid, weighted base
  • Incorporate cable management

A note about Android Devices . . . There are hundreds of Android devices on the market, each with its own quirks and individual customizations.  We can't test every device so use your best judgement and message us if you are unsure.

A note about waterproof cases . . . If your smartphone or tablet case is a heavier waterproof style, Cloud 9 may not work around the deeply embedded charging port or port cover.  If you're unsure just message us.

Special Rewards - We wanted to offer some special ways to support and celebrate our Kickstarter roots. So we are offering several multi-packs.  Shown below is our "Deluxe" package for those that missed our earlier Kickstarters.  You can also give a bigger boost with the "Ultimate" Nice Collection featuring two Cloud 9 Docks and every color of our CableKeeps for just $200 ($266 retail cost).  

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When will I get my reward? To limit delays from overseas shipping and production, we've gathered everything we need here in Seattle. We'll start shipping the first units on November 21st, if not sooner, following a successful campaign. 

Thank you for taking the time to consider our project.  We have been hard at work on this and can't wait to get it in your hands!  Please remember to share so we can reach our goal.  

-Jim

 

Risks and challenges

To date we have successfully launched and fulfilled 2 Kickstarter projects. Each project had their own obstacles and hiccups. We learned a lot from these experiences and in response have taken several precautions to insure success: 1) All of our prototypes shown in these images are assembled from production ready pieces, including several key internal parts that have already been tooled. 2) We've run our dock through real world use for over 6 months now, checking that the durability and wear met our standards. 3) And finally, we've done drop and shipping tests to insure you get your reward in one piece.

We hope our track record on previous projects and our nearly four years of business experience will give you confidence that we'll do whatever we can to deliver your rewards. You'll know as soon as we know if any problems or adjustments come up. We're ready, let's do this!

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    Cloud 9 Early Backer Reward

    Get one Cloud 9 Dock at a special early backer price. Your choice of Lightning connector for Apple or micro USB for Android and other devices.

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    Cloud 9 iPhone Dock - Apple Lightning

    Get one Cloud 9 Dock - for iPhones with lightning connector at our special Kickstarter pricing.

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    Cloud 9 Dock - Micro USB

    Get one Cloud 9 Dock - with Micro USB charging connector for Android devices at our special Kickstarter pricing.

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    The "Deluxe" Nice Collection

    The Nice Inc. Deluxe Collection:
    - One Cloud 9 Dock (Lightning Connector)
    - One CableKeep for iPhone (Goldie, Ink, or Spike)
    - One CableKeep for iPad (Nibbles or Gulp)
    - One Snap for Apple EarPods

    One of each of our products. You'll get to choose your CableKeeps and colors when our reward survey comes out. An $18 retail value.

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    Double Up

    Get two Cloud 9 Docks - for Apple devices with Lightning connector. One for each side of the bed, or one for a friend. Sharing is Nice.

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    Family Pack

    Don't leave anyone out! Get five Cloud 9 Docks - for Apple devices with Lightning connector.

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    The "Ultimate" Nice Collection

    The Nice, Inc. Ultimate Collection includes:
    - Two Cloud 9 Docks (with Apple Lightning)
    - Six CableKeeps for iPhone (Goldie, Ink, or Spike)
    - Six CableKeeps for iPad (Nibbles or Gulp)
    - Three Snaps for Apple Earpods

    Get every color we offer for our CableKeeps plus two Cloud 9 docks. A huge value to own our entire catalog of products.

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