Another cool project at Kickstarter
I am a big fan of Kickstarter. This is a site where geeks can bring their ideas, put them up for us all to see and if the idea is good enough people can donate money to the designer so that they can develop the idea into a real project that can be purchased. The latest cool product to show up at Kickstarter is the WALdok for the iPhone and iPod.
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The WALdok is a slick looking translucent device that you allows you to see all the parts on the inside. The device is very small with all of the workings and the iPhone hanging right out of the font of your outlet in the home or office. The WALdok has a speaker inside that allows you to listen to your music while your device charges and the design that puts it all on an outlet means that you lose no desk space to the device.
It will dock any Apple gear that uses a 30-pin connector and will fit into the small devices maw. That means the iPad will not work since it is too large. The speaker is high quality according to the designer and has a bass chamber to simulate a subwoofer and improve the sound quality.
It will also have an internal battery that will charge as the dock is plugged in. The maker says that they are shooting for an eight-hour battery life to allow the thing to be used as a portable speaker. The plugs for the outlet are retractable for more portability and they also act as a kickstand for desktop use. Those plugs are designed for US outlets, but adapters will be sold to allow the device to be used internationally.
I have written about many of the projects I run across on Kickstarter over the years and generally, the projects are at the point where they still need donations to be funded and for the designer to get the money to move forward. The WALdok has already met its goal of $30,000 for funding and still has until April 8 before donations stop. As of right now the project has $58,231 raised and 584 backers. Depending on how much you donate, you could get the product once it is built and ships.