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MacRumors
Nov 28, 2012, 11:01 PM
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The Nomad Lightning Cable (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2088143118/nomad-lightning-cable-for-iphone-5-and-ipad-mini) for iPhone 5 and iPad mini is a 3" Lightning to USB cable that's trying to become a real product via social crowd funding website Kickstarter. (http://www.kickstarter.com) The cable is designed to attach to a keyring and uses an Apple certified lightning connector.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/11/4d34f4c1a3e4f16c52b61b5d55ddc1aa_large-500x375.jpg
Kegan and Roberto, the duo behind the Nomad, say in the pitch video on their Kickstarter page (http://kck.st/T08t0m) that having bought unofficial Lightning connectors and having them not work inspired them to buy their connectors directly from Apple-certified manufacturers. Recently, there have been a number of unofficial lightning cables springing up. (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/24/unofficial-lightning-usb-cables-and-adapters-launching-soon-at-significant-discounts/)

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/11/90667911f91782838c307e419c49db2b_large-500x375.jpg
The prototypes were built by a Chinese manufacturer that produces iPhone accessories, according to the Kickstarter page. The duo will choose one of three Chinese manufacturers to produce the final products once funding is complete.

The project is about $16,000 away from its $29,000 goal with about 20 days to go to become a reality. Kegan and Roberto are taking pledges starting at $1 for the project. Backers who pledge $5 or more receive a Nomad, although the lower-end pledge tiers are sold out ($5, $9, $10 and $15 tiers at the time of this writing). Pledging support for the Kickstarter project is more like an investment and does not always mean that you'll receive the final product, as there's no guarantee that the project succeeds and becomes a reality. Pledges aren't charged unless they hit their target goal.

More details on how Kickstarter works can be found in its Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics?ref=nav).

Article Link: Nomad Wants to Make a 3" Apple-Certified Lightning Cable for Your Keychain (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/29/nomad-wants-to-make-a-3-apple-certified-lightning-cable-for-your-keychain/)



Loyalty4Life
Nov 28, 2012, 11:02 PM
My keychain already has too many things on it!

mrsir2009
Nov 28, 2012, 11:05 PM
Good idea - I'm sure it'd come in handy :)

bwillwall
Nov 28, 2012, 11:14 PM
Pretty cool, except I could never see myself using a cord so short, I couldn't even move my computer without awkwardly holding my phone right next to it (or unplugging it).

ConCat
Nov 28, 2012, 11:17 PM
I like your writing style. I can see why you were recruited as an MR writer. What did you do before this if I may ask?

MacTouch786
Nov 28, 2012, 11:22 PM
I like your writing style. I can see why you were recruited as an MR writer. What did you do before this if I may ask?

Thanks! I interned at Gizmodo and did/do some writing for a film site.

whammink
Nov 28, 2012, 11:25 PM
I like your writing style. I can see why you were recruited as an MR writer. What did you do before this if I may ask?

Agreed. A lot of the writing on MR seems rushed (obviously some is necessarily rushed), but this is superbly written and immediately understandable.

orangebluedevil
Nov 28, 2012, 11:25 PM
Does anyone actually know where you can find "Apple Approved Mfi" vendors? They mentioned that on the page but I was unaware of that certification.

troop231
Nov 28, 2012, 11:26 PM
How about a Thunderbolt flash drive instead? :)

Jessica Lares
Nov 28, 2012, 11:27 PM
YES PLEASE! Although I very much like my USB stick bracelet that I have at the moment. So I hope something like that can be done now that the connector is small enough. Would like one for my keychain and then one to loop around my purse handle (like I do now).

bkushner
Nov 28, 2012, 11:28 PM
Worried the product will detach from the cap too easily and be gone. I would prefer this idea.
http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/2214

http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/1906

ConCat
Nov 28, 2012, 11:33 PM
Thanks! I interned at Gizmodo and did/do some writing for a film site.

Ah. Well clearly you have talent. Thanks for writing! :)

gmanist1000
Nov 28, 2012, 11:35 PM
Thanks! I interned at Gizmodo and did/do some writing for a film site.

Gizmodo?! Uh oh. They have some pretty immature journalists. The quality of that website has deteriorated quickly.

ConCat
Nov 28, 2012, 11:37 PM
Gizmodo?! Uh oh. They have some pretty immature journalists. The quality of that website has deteriorated quickly.

Well, he's not working there now, so that must be good news. :p

Mr. Chewbacca
Nov 28, 2012, 11:49 PM
I imagine I wont use it a lot but when I do it will be nice to have it. I chipped in 20.00, hope they can make it.

Cougarcat
Nov 29, 2012, 12:02 AM
I prefer this one:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/swipecases/zopro-incredibly-thin-case-integrated-charging-iph

Same thing, except it's built into the (3mm!) case so you won't loose it. And there's a version with detachable magnetic lenses.

KylePowers
Nov 29, 2012, 12:10 AM
They should have made the lightning end right angled, so then at least it's oriented toward you (assuming you're not a fan of the landscape orientation, which only works in some apps)

batchtaster
Nov 29, 2012, 01:07 AM
Gizmodo?! Uh oh. They have some pretty immature journalists. The quality of that website has deteriorated quickly.

They're not actual journalists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journalism_ethics_and_standards), so unfortunately they can be as immature (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivity_(journalism)) as they like.

It's up to us, the readers, to weigh it appropriately as a blog/opinion piece, rather than automatically treating it as fact (cos, like, it's on the internet, so it must be true).

Smallworld69
Nov 29, 2012, 02:18 AM
Wow... Just when we thought the OEM cable was to short.... I wouldn't pay 5 bucks for a 3" USB anything, much less the 10-20 they will want.... Why would you need to tote a 3" cable around on your keychain?

leathers123
Nov 29, 2012, 05:07 AM
My thoughts were to produce the 30pin to Lightning adaptor with a keychain hook on it. At least this way you could always borrow someones older cables as everyone pretty much has one in their house.

ladeer
Nov 29, 2012, 05:08 AM
But I don't have a key chain! My house is entered using the built in garage remote of my car. My work is all badge RFID. My car is just a fob in my pocket so when my hand touches the door it opens. We live in a keyless age now in fact I don't even need my wallet since every day I pay for my lunch at Starbucks using its app on my phone.

pubwvj
Nov 29, 2012, 07:01 AM
"Pledging support for the Kickstarter project is more like an investment"

Wrong answer. Pledges are not investments. They are pre-buys. If the project reaches the funding goal then your credit card gets charged. If the project ships then you receive your product. This has nothing to do with investments. You do not own part of the project. As a backer you do not get a financial return on your money. You get a product. Or as Kickstarter likes to call it, a reward.

We ran a very successful Kickstarter project for our family's on-farm butcher shop. We raise pastured pigs and deliver year round to local stores and restaurants as well as individuals. Initially we had funded our project in part through CSA Pre-Buys of pigs (http://SugarMtnFarm.com/csa). This spring we did a Kickstarter project to raise $25,000 more in funds to help with construction. We got $33,000 in backing. Some of that (10%) goes to Kickstarter and Amazon. About half of it goes to fulfill rewards which consists of shipments of our pastured pork once the butcher shop is up and running. The remainder is what goes into equipment and concrete to make our project happen.

If you are curious about the outcoming of a successful (Macintosh based no less) project check out:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sugarmtnfarm/building-a-butcher-shop-on-sugarmountainfarm

and you can read more about our butcher shop at:

http://SugarMtnFarm.com/butchershop

Monday we make our final structural concrete pour when we'll pour the upper bond beam and ceilings of our building. Then we get to work on the interior during the winter.

It is important to understand that Kickstarter projects are pre-buys of product and they are not investments. This is both a legal and an economic distinction.

Cheers,

-Walter Jeffries
Sugar Mountain Farm

GoCubsGo
Nov 29, 2012, 07:05 AM
Gizmodo?! Uh oh. They have some pretty immature journalists. The quality of that website has deteriorated quickly.

So are you saying his write up is "immature?" "Some" immature (more likely one or two) writers does not make all writers immature. Do you really think this site would employ a writer who has a track record of being shady in his/her journalism? No.


I'd love something like this despite how much I shy away from putting crap on my key chain. It would be good in emergencies.

rydewnd2
Nov 29, 2012, 07:33 AM
Personally, my lightning enabled iOS devices never get plugged into my laptop (unless that's the only charging device I have nearby). I've never synched with iTunes as my devices are restored from iCloud backups and my media is in the cloud via spotify Netflix etc and until recently iTunes Match. Just my personal usage, but this looks cool if you do sync with a laptop.

OrangeSVTguy
Nov 29, 2012, 08:02 AM
Good luck using it on a Mac mini :p

jonproject
Nov 29, 2012, 09:46 AM
"Pledging support for the Kickstarter project is more like an investment"

Wrong answer. Pledges are not investments. They are pre-buys. If the project reaches the funding goal then your credit card gets charged. If the project ships then you receive your product. This has nothing to do with investments. You do not own part of the project. As a backer you do not get a financial return on your money. You get a product. Or as Kickstarter likes to call it, a reward.

We ran a very successful Kickstarter project for our family's on-farm butcher shop. We raise pastured pigs and deliver year round to local stores and restaurants as well as individuals. Initially we had funded our project in part through CSA Pre-Buys of pigs (http://SugarMtnFarm.com/csa). This spring we did a Kickstarter project to raise $25,000 more in funds to help with construction. We got $33,000 in backing. Some of that (10%) goes to Kickstarter and Amazon. About half of it goes to fulfill rewards which consists of shipments of our pastured pork once the butcher shop is up and running. The remainder is what goes into equipment and concrete to make our project happen.

If you are curious about the outcoming of a successful (Macintosh based no less) project check out:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sugarmtnfarm/building-a-butcher-shop-on-sugarmountainfarm

and you can read more about our butcher shop at:

http://SugarMtnFarm.com/butchershop

Monday we make our final structural concrete pour when we'll pour the upper bond beam and ceilings of our building. Then we get to work on the interior during the winter.

It is important to understand that Kickstarter projects are pre-buys of product and they are not investments. This is both a legal and an economic distinction.

Cheers,

-Walter Jeffries
Sugar Mountain Farm
The article said it was "like an investment". I doubt anybody took away from that thinking they were getting equity in the company. It's like an investment in the sense that you are giving a company money without a guarantee of any return. In this case, the return is what Kickstarter calls the "reward" or the product.

Point is: it's not a store. You are giving companies money and there's a chance that you will get nothing in return.

I'd like to know what percent of Kickstarters that reach their goal actually wind up paying out the rewards to all their backers.

sbrhwkp3
Nov 29, 2012, 10:34 AM
Damn... they're already sold out of 5, 10, and 15 dollar options. Is 20 worth it...

thespazz
Nov 29, 2012, 10:43 AM
Damn... they're already sold out of 5, 10, and 15 dollar options. Is 20 worth it...

No way.

gmanist1000
Nov 29, 2012, 10:46 AM
So are you saying his write up is "immature?" "Some" immature (more likely one or two) writers does not make all writers immature. Do you really think this site would employ a writer who has a track record of being shady in his/her journalism? No.


I'd love something like this despite how much I shy away from putting crap on my key chain. It would be good in emergencies.

No, I'm saying Gizmodo has their fair share of immature journalists. Never said it made his write up immature, In fact, I think MacRumors has the best journalists out of any tech blog.

FloatingBones
Nov 29, 2012, 11:10 AM
I am troubled by one sentence on the Kickstarter page:

The Nomad cable is patent pending.

What exactly is novel about this product? Why would a patent be approved?

Perhaps the plastic cover secures the USB end to the keychain in some novel way? :confused:

satchow
Nov 29, 2012, 11:43 AM
No, I'm saying Gizmodo has their fair share of immature journalists. Never said it made his write up immature, In fact, I think MacRumors has the best journalists out of any tech blog.

Not to name names, but I can't read anything Jesus Diaz reposts. His headline for this article would be "This is the cable you want for your iPhone 5"

dysamoria
Nov 29, 2012, 05:02 PM
Worried the product will detach from the cap too easily and be gone. I would prefer this idea.
http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/2214

http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/1906

Why does ANYONE design a product that detaches accidentally so easily??? It just goes against any logic!!

pubwvj
Nov 29, 2012, 06:37 PM
The article said it was "like an investment". I doubt anybody took away from that thinking they were getting equity in the company. It's like an investment in the sense that you are giving a company money without a guarantee of any return. In this case, the return is what Kickstarter calls the "reward" or the product.

Point is: it's not a store. You are giving companies money and there's a chance that you will get nothing in return.


It is specifically NOT like an investment. This is a legal issue having to do with regulations on investing. Kickstarter is MUCH more like a store than anything else. It is a store for PRE-selling.

MattInOz
Nov 29, 2012, 08:40 PM
It is specifically NOT like an investment. This is a legal issue having to do with regulations on investing. Kickstarter is MUCH more like a store than anything else. It is a store for PRE-selling.

These guys don't agree with you.
kickstarter-is-not-a-store (http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/kickstarter-is-not-a-store)

With a product from a store I have legally back expectation and recourse. With Kickstarter I have neither(doesn't stop me backing projects).

It's an investment in social outcomes not financial ones.
The rewards seem to be nothing more than to create a group of customers to market your new product for you once it's ready.

FlunkedFlank
Nov 30, 2012, 06:19 AM
Personally, my lightning enabled iOS devices never get plugged into my laptop (unless that's the only charging device I have nearby). I've never synched with iTunes as my devices are restored from iCloud backups and my media is in the cloud via spotify Netflix etc and until recently iTunes Match. Just my personal usage, but this looks cool if you do sync with a laptop.

What about videos from the camera app? Do you not take any?

I use wifi syncing most of the time anyway myself, plus this cable is too short and the cap thing is ridiculous, but anyone who takes videos (which I always assumed most people did) is stuck syncing for those at least.

jmitch720
Nov 30, 2012, 02:11 PM
Damn... they're already sold out of 5, 10, and 15 dollar options. Is 20 worth it...

No way.

I disagree. For $19, I can buy the 3 foot Apple Lightning cable, or for an extra $1, I can get this one that will always be on my keychain. I would rather have this one. I won't forget it if it's on my keychain, and I can plug it right into my keyboard at work, so the shortness is not an issue.

bkushner
Nov 30, 2012, 06:43 PM
Wow... Just when we thought the OEM cable was to short.... I wouldn't pay 5 bucks for a 3" USB anything, much less the 10-20 they will want.... Why would you need to tote a 3" cable around on your keychain?

ever been somewhere with your phone and you need power and there are computers around?

JAT
Dec 1, 2012, 10:47 AM
Why not just get any 3" cable and a piece of string to attach to your keychain?

steffi
Apr 14, 2013, 09:00 AM
Why not just get any 3" cable and a piece of string to attach to your keychain?

Don't you think it would have made more sense to anchor the lightning connector to the keychain instead of the USB? Since that is the piece that has the exposed contacts.