About this project
SlashGear - "Apple hasn’t made anything like it yet – the creators of OCDock want to alleviate that problem."
TUAW - "So well-designed that when installed, it looks as if it is part of the Apple product." (Review)
BiteMyApple - "Favorite Kickstarter Projects."
Mashable - "Steve Jobs would probably approve of this iPhone dock's elegant simplicity and logical functionality." (Video)
Cult of Mac - "I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect iPhone 5 dock, and I think I’ve found it in the OCDock."
Gizmodo.de - "OCDock: iPhone-Dockingstation für iMac und Thunderbolt-Display".
iClarified - "OCDock Adds an iPhone Dock to Your iMac or Apple Display"
iDownloadBlog - "The OCDock, when iMac and iPhone become one." (Interview)
YOUR DESK, CLEANER THAN EVER
The OCDock ends the search for a perfect iPhone docking station for iMac and Thunderbolt owners.
The first dock to actually remove items from your desk and freeing up valuable workspace, by seamlessly integrating with your iMac or Thunderbolt Display. Our specially developed paper-thin cable runs underneath the display stand, making it look wireless.
OCDock hands-on experience live in Miami
WAIT! YET ANOTHER IPHONE DOCK?
No. This is not just another iPhone dock. While most docks need to first invent the problems they attempt to solve, the OCDock focuses on nailing the most irritating problem that keeps on hindering your everyday productivity and peace of mind. Did you already guess what it is? The clutter that comes with having a regular docking station on your desk.
OBSESSIVELY CLEAN DESK, ONE LESS WIRE TO WORRY ABOUT
The OCDock is developed so that it does not take any extra desk space, it uses the footprint of your displays stand. Therefore you have much more space and freedom on your desk and one less wire to worry about. A clean desk allows more space for creativity and efficiency. Less clutter on the table, more peace in your mind.
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
Kickstarters! OCDesk needs your help to clean up the world, one desk at a time! We have already finalized the design and development works on the OCDock. However, we need your support at Kickstarter to fund the first large scale manufacturing run. To be able to offer the premium grade product at an affordable price requires us to place a bulk order with the factory. As a bonus, we plan to invest part of the funds to develop a neat software application that enables you to use iMac to type and send text messages via your iPhone. Any extra funds will go towards improving the app.
WHY THE MINIMALIST DESIGN?
It is no secret that we openly embrace Apple’s timeless design principles. Less truly is more, but only so if the function is at the core. With these inspiring design principles in mind, we wanted to create a scaled back dock that would use as little material and space as possible while offering the most feature rich and comfortable docking and undocking experience.
ENGINEERED TO PERFECTION
We have made this dock using the same technologies and materials as apple. It has been CNC machined from a solid piece of high-grade aluminum, glass bead blasted and anodized to match the finish of the iMac/Thunderbolt Display.
It took us more than 6 months to develop the perfect docking station for the iPhone. We have made over 30 prototypes with different designs and materials to finalize the design. During the development process we took into account all the angles and design elements of the iMac to find the perfect shape that compliments the iMac. We're based in Miami, our products are designed and assembled in the US, the components are manufactured in China in the same region as Apple aluminum devices.
UNPARALLELED COMFORT AND FEATURES
UNIQUE PAPER THIN CABLE
We have developed the worlds thinnest iPhone cable, it is thin as a sheet of copy paper. It runs underneath the display appearing wireless. Your iMac still sits firmly on the table, does not slide or move in any way.
FITS MOST CASES
The OCDock has a patent pending spring-loaded plate that moves when an iPhone with a case is inserted. It works with most iPhone cases. The OCDock minimal is meant for naked iPhones or with slim cases and back covers.
SECURELY ATTACHED TO THE IMAC
Attached with a strong ultra thin (0.08mm/0.003 inch) residue free reusable tape. It is firmly attached to the iMac or Thunderbolt Display Base.
EASY ONE HAND DOCKING AND UNDOCKING
We have developed the docking stations to perfectly support and provide stability to your iPhone. The OCDock has three (3) interchangeable silicone supports included (for the naked iPhone, for slim cases and for larger cases). The OCDock Mini is designed to perfectly fit with naked iPhones (or with very slim cases or back covers), with no silicone supports.
OCDock is available in two colors: a glass bead blasted and anodized silver finish matching the iMac, and a jet black matte finish for those that like contrast.
THE OBSESSIVELY CLEAN DESK FUTURE
This is only the first of four unique ideas we have in development. When the project is successful, then in the near future we'll add new products to satisfy your growing obsession for cleaner workspace. Imagine a desk, where there are no wires, only the essential things you need. A display, a keyboard and a mouse. Everything else is integrated, making for a more peaceful and effective workspace.
If you buy the OCDock configured for iPhone 4, you can upgrade it to the iPhone 5 version by simply changing the cable and the moving plate. Upgrade kits are available at www.ocdesk.com. Also, in the future we will release a micro USB version of the cable and plate, for all those who use Samsung Galaxy S3 or other phones with micro USB port at the bottom.
FIRST SMALL BATCH OF PRODUCTS
We have already developed a first small batch of docks. During this process we overcame all the technical difficulties regarding manufacturing of the aluminum details, the moving plate mechanism, the silicone supports, the flat cables with custom housings and the product boxes. We have a working product ready to ship, but currently in small volumes it is too expensive to manufacture the dock and offer it at a reasonable price. We need your support to bring down the manufacturing price with a crowd-sourced large volume order and make the dock available for everybody! :)
KICKSTARTER LIMITED WOOD BACK COVER FOR iPHONE 4 / 5
As a bonus for backing us, we will include a free exotic wood iPhone back cover to the "Holiday Special" bundle. We will also offer it as a smaller pledge to all the people who wish to help and support us.
Since the iPhone 5 scratches easily this is a classy and effective way to protect your iPhone, without adding bulk. The covers are less than 0.7mm thin and they are barely felt on your iPhone. The wood backings are laser cut, hand sanded and finished for the perfect look. They are coated 2 times with a special eco friendly oil/wax coating that will preserve all the natural qualities of the wood while offering superb protection. The wooden backings are fingerprint proof, do not scratch easily and they repel moisture. We will only use the best quality exotic hardwoods that we have hand picked. At launch we will only offer 1 type of wood, exotic Bolivian Rosewood.
To our first 1000 backers, we will send a free kickstarter limited exotic rosewood back cover to suit up your iPhone for the holidays.
Risks and challenges
We are working with trusted MFI licensed manufacturers to ensure timely delivery of the OCDocks.
Currently everything is going according to schedule and there are no problems, our MFI certified partner promises us the delivery of our custom lightning cables by the end of December. But we also acknowledge that the iPhone 5 compatible OCDocks could potentially be subject to the limited supply of the lightning connectors. The likelihood of such a delay is subject to overall market demand for the lightning connectors, but should we encounter any signs of delay, then we promise to keep all the Kickstarters up to date with the latest information and revised delivery times. Please note that should this scenario occur, then it would only affect the time of delivery and not the delivery in its entirety. We will keep our entire process transparent, as we believe transparency is key to success.
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