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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
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 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.
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
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).
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.
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!
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.