With rare exceptions, I prefer not to write about Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects until there’s a good possibility that the project will be funded. In the case of a new, truly universal dock created by Utah-based FŪZdesigns called the EverDock, the project is not only well past its funding goal of US$50,000 with 20 days to go, but the design looks so good I may end up backing it.
The idea is that too many times, smartphone owners purchase a dock only to have their needs change in a couple of years. For many iPhone and iPad owners, the advent of the Lightning cable made old docks obsolete, and there are people who switch from micro-USB-based Android phones to those Lightning-connected iPhones and vice-versa. With each switch of device or charging technology, users usually end up buying a new dock.
EverDock is designed to allow easy, tool-free swapping of the electrical / data end of the charging and sync cable. For example, it will support a 30-pin dock connector device, and can then be set up for a new iPhone with a Lightning connector in a matter of minutes. Need to charge both an iPhone in a Mophie Juice Ppack Helium battery case (micro-USB) and a new iPad mini (Lightning)? No problem — they’ve designed a dual dock that will hold both. If you have a case on your device, that shouldn’t be a problem either; the EverDock is designed to accept most cases.
At this time, backers can pre-order one of the aluminum EverDocks in silver, space gray or gold for a pledge of just $49. The EverDock Duo (two-device) model is just a bit more at $69. If FŪZdesigns reaches a $200,000 stretch goal, they’ll let purchasers select the color of the silicone inserts that cover the top of the dock.
EverDock Kickstarter universal dock blasts by funding goal, looks great originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.