Kickstarter project for plugging in USB devices without adapter cable

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  1. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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  3. ByteTheBooty macrumors regular

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    I don't need it.....but just by curiosity, does this company got their hands on the new MacBook?? Because they seem to have one one they're picture..??
     
  4. newellj macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the link. It's elegant, though the adapter alone is the same price as the Apple USB C to USB A dongle. The adapter is a whole lot more attractive, though!

    I think this is early evidence that USB C is likely to see wide adoption, unlike some earlier Apple interface ventures. :eek:
     
  5. PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I don't see it getting funded, though. But it's a neat idea.
     
  6. newellj macrumors 601

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    No, they're way short. Maybe I'm unduly optimistic, but I still see that as a positive sign.
     
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    it's the start of something good, adapters for apple products that don't require licensing proprietary connections.

    am sure we'll see more good stuff, especially as usb-c starts showing up on more products.
     
  9. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

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    Waste of money I need a port and charger at the same time for my money.
     
  10. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    $49 is way too steep for this thing. And it doesn't let you connect DisplayPort monitor and a wall charger.

    At this point - Apple $79 digital A/V adapter is a better buy. Still good to see USB-C accessories starting to pop up.
     
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    Wish them luck, equally they are only shipping to two countries, so the audience is limited as is function.

    Q-6
     
  13. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    Looks Photoshopped to me.

    Regular retail price they claim will be $98? Wow...
     
  14. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    It's dumb. It doesn't solve any problem with just one port. Also, there is no reason a project like this should be on KickStarter. It is a very simple item that requires virtually zero development. You could basically call up a Chinese manufacturer with a spcification and order them yourself. Order a small amount first if you don't have the capital, and they will almost guarantee to sell out, but larger volume with the proceeds. Make a tidy profit.

    Develop an elegant and efficient dock/hub with 2 USB-A and 2 USB-C out the front, and 1 Ethernet, 1 mDP, and 1 USB-C for charging out the back - now that would be a solution that satisfies a need. Get it down to about the size of a Snicker bar, offer it in the Macbook's colors, and match Apple's $79 price, and you've got yourself a real winner.

    Maybe have a couple of versions, for HDMI instead of mDP or something.
     
  15. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    I'd buy your device for sure!
     
  16. oGu macrumors member

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    I really don't get it why it's not out yet. Also how long till we get a display that does all of this. I would buy any of these items in a heartbeat.
     
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    I'm not sure you can use the 29W power adapter to charge up the MB. It doesn't seem strong enough - Tbh, I'm just guessing, since the MB isn't even out yet.

    Interesting kickstarted but once apple releases a lightening/usb-c cable,wouldn't that more or less mitigate the advantages. I'm sure flash driver makers will be rolling out usb-c drives as well (albeit expensively at first).
     
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    I would hope 29W is enough...that's what's included in the box with the Macbook... ;)
     
  19. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    And one already exists now.
     
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  21. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    It looks rather cumbersome to me. I'd like a docking station instead that combined an Ethernet and DisplayPort connection with a bunch of USB connectors.
     
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    Ah yes, the thrill/cost/benefits of a closed ecosystem... :eek:
     
  23. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    That's a good point. I'm sure for a lot of folks an external monitor with this array of ports would be a great solution. For me, I'd want the dongle hub I described, because I would want it both at my home office and out at my clients' offices (which covers three continents :))
     
  24. newellj macrumors 601

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    Henge Docks. Go to the blog, scroll down to the Macbook post and enter your comments - they're listening.
     
  25. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    I've sent them my product idea higher up in the thread. Hope they do something with it :p
     

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