About this project
I'm the father of 2 active kids and of course they love their smartphones and iPads. After struggling with our various charging and syncing routines - or the chaos of it - for several years, I got so sick and tired of the daily search for cables, my chargers or my phone.
Bringing all my expertise of 25 years working as a product designer with my company marwin for brands like Adidas, Porsche, Rimowa, Cherry or Leica - and my 12 years of "internship" as a husband and father - I invented udoq.
udoq is fully customizable. You can configure it online for your own range of devices. Smartphones, tablets, eReaders and music players like iPods are propped vertically in portrait view and stay fully accessible while docked and charging or syncing.
udoq is the natural organizer, for the family, it works on your office desk and is a luxury addition to all hotel rooms.
udoq is available in four different lengths: 250mm, 400mm, 550mm, and 700mm. The smallest size fits perfect four smartphones, or an iPad and an iPhone, while the largest model can accommodate a tablet, six smartphones, and still has room for an iPod.
Slide in udoq connector cables* in any order or quantity for Apple Lightning (L cable) or the old Apple 30-Pin (T cable) or for any mobile device using Micro-USB 2.0 (M cable) or USB Type-C 3.1 (C cable). All cables are 1.5 m (5ft), with udoq adapter to fit precisely into the udoq bar. and USB-A plug. All Apple cables are MFI certified.
To extend the 4 preinstalled udoq connector cables, you can simply add costs for additional cables to your pledge:
L cable (11 €),
T cable (9 €),
M cable (6 €),
C cable (10 €),
to the amount at checkout, and send us a message with the desired cables, right after checkout.
Please double-check the total of the selected items! Shipping is always included!
Design and functions
udoq was developed in Munich, and the minimalistic aesthetics boasts all the precision of German design and engineering. After crafting and testing many prototypes over the time of 2 years, the simplest solution was the most functional, elegant - and unique.
By simply sliding udoq connector cables into the aluminium bar in any order, udoq can be fully customized to your specific range of mobile devices.
In addition, all connectors can be adjusted in height to fit thick bumpers and cases. Simply open the udoq adapter and set your cable in the required height.
With a matte anodized aluminium finish like a Macbook, udoq blends into different environments and hides your tangled cables.
All mobile devices are displayed at an angle of 77 degrees, to be viewed perfectly on a desk or sideboard. This saves space and looks stylish and cool while retaining full functionality.
The front has a double line of silicone straps, so you can safely store your devices without fear of sliding or scratching the surface.
So - if you get a new phone or another mobile device - you simply slide in a new udoq connector cable and your udoq is set again. The flexible setup of the cables and the solid aluminium bar, makes udoq ecologically timeless and sustainable.
udoq docks them all!
You can estimate the required length of your udoq by simply adding the width of all your mobile devices, regardless of brand or type. After this, count the required connector cables. Our configurator does this job automatically and also adds required additional cables if necessary.
Don't forget - 4 cables (L,T,M,C) are already included with each udoq!
Don't worry if your charging socket is not in the middle or at the bottom of your phone or tablet. Simply dock it on one side, and support the other side with the U-adapter. A connector adjusted in full hight and a U-adapter screwed all the way out even allows to dock phones with open protection flaps. A U-adapter comes with each udoq.
udoq is green!
udoq never needs to be replaced, because connector cables can always quickly adapt to past and future mobile devices. udoq is built from durable, everlasting high grade aluminium. All components can be stripper from udoq in seconds, so udoq avoids electronic waste and helps to save our environment.
I have put in countless hours of work and all of my resources to bring udoq to this point. I patented udoq in all relevant countries and also managed to produce a first lot of 5000 udoq sets with my reliable and long term production partners in Taiwan for our promotional campaign.
With your support on kickstarter, I will be able to manufacture larger quantities and roll out international sales.
Thank you all in advance for your trust and support, to improve our daily lives with my simple, unique and sustainable solution - udoq!
Risks and challenges
udoq is the only docking station which allows the full operation of endless mobile devices in various setups. We are launching udoq in the US and Europe simultaneously to maximize our reach.
The overwhelmingly positive pre-production feedback and enquiries we have received suggests that our initial production capacity will be completely dedicated to the demand from PR sources and crowdfunding campaigns. Our priority will be to ramp up the distribution and service capacities needed to address the demand in the US and Europe, followed by a launch in Asia in 2017.
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