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Does the idea of never running out of power on your smartphone sound appealing? How about a wire-free lifestyle where simply touching your desk/car/office dock charges and connects your phone? This is what you'll get with E-Fusion:
- Wireless connection! No dangling wires to clutter your car or your desk
- True USB connection let you sync with iTunes or download your photos with no additional wires to plug in!
- Keep your phone charged whether in your car, home, office...
- Quickly rotate from portrait to landscape while maintaining electrical contact
- Fully adjustable docks let you orient your phone just right
- Dock and undock easily! Our heavy base doesn't follow your phone
- Finally use the GPS without worrying about draining your battery!
- Powerful magnets keep you phone in place while biking around town (6 Lbs of pull force to hold the 5 oz phone in place)
- Replaces the original phone connector with our sturdier version
- 1/4-20 tripod mount under the Universal Dock makes it easy to keep the same setting for your podcast videos, etc.
- Keep the same docks regardless of which brand of phone you go to next or which new connector the manufacturer decide to use (just get the appropriate case for your phone)
- Home, office, car, bike, boat, wall, tripod, etc.
Modern smartphones are such great devices but, until now, making full use of their extraordinary features (hands-free via Bluetooth, GPS, location-based-reminders, etc.) would quickly render the phone useless from lack of power.
This is just the beginning of the journey! We want to make sure most phones are supported (either by doing the cases ourselves or supporting existing cases manufacturer to do so) so your whole family and friends can connect to the same dock. And with your help on this project we can make this dream a reality!
How do we stack up against the competition?
You may have heard of the Duracell Powermat or the Qi wireless charging standard being used on some of the latest phones (Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumina, etc.). So how does the E-Fusion wireless charging system compares? The chart below is pretty self explanatory:
How it works
Wireless Conductive Charging is quite simple. It relies on physical contacts between spring pins on the dock side and matching traces on the back of the phone. In principle it works just like your old cordless phone did when you returned it to its base for charging. Ours differ in the ability to rotate the device while maintaining contact.
We house this clever connector in the center of a magnetic ring in the dock so that when the phone is placed near it, it is attracted to the dock to form a solid bond.
Perks for Indiegogo contributors
*The interface between the docks and phone will remain the same for future cases. So you'll still be able to use your same set of docks on cases you buy in the future either from us or any other case manufacturers taking advantage of our free open-source design.
HDK (Hardware Development Kit) available to all phone case manufacturers and DIYers license free
We want this to become the standard for smart-device magnetic charging dock. And so we will be offering 3D models and design guides as an Open Source project for the connector used on the device side. If you are a case manufacturer and want early access to those documents as well as the ones for the dock side, check out our HDK kit on the right.
With inexpensive rapid prototyping services (such as Shapeways) we look forward to DYIers creating amazing designs to connect all their devices.
How did we get to this point?
It took multiple rounds of prototypes to get to the sweet spot we are at now. Although the idea for such a magnetic charging case came to life many years ago, we were sure somebody was going to create one for us to use. After waiting and waiting we realized the great opportunity we had on our hands. So we got to work, about a year ago, and went through many design iterations, as you can see on the picture below. The case kept on getting better every time with more accessories to go along with it, like the low profile car mount and bike mount, as well as adding the 1/4-20 tripod mount and wall mount to our Universal Dock. We're now at the mature point where we're ready to start production tooling and just need you to help us get there.
Here is a short roadmap highlighting the plan for the next few months if the funding succeeds:
Aug Hard tooling
Sept Tool sample inspection and tooling adjustment. Pre-production run
Oct Full production run
How does it affect battery life?
Your battery life improves! Don't listen to those stuck in the Ni-Cad batteries era (where full charge/discharge cycles where beneficial). The battery type used in most modern electronics (Lithium-ion) actually benefit from frequent recharge. For example, assuming you use 100% of your phone battery charge per day, recharging it twice a day vs. just at the end of the day will give your battery approximately 250 additional days of life.
(sources: Electropaedia, Battery University)
Why not use induction wireless charging technology?
As cool as induction wireless charging technology is, it comes with some drawbacks. First, it takes longer to charge. Second, it doesn't provide USB connectivity to sync your device to your computer or car. Third and perhaps most importantly, the heat it generates can actually reduce battery life.
(source: Battery University)
Don't the strong magnets affect the phone functions in any way?
This was our fear from the very beginning and we conducted a vast array of tests to confirm this project was feasible before starting any development on the cases. The result from all those tests boils down to our "secret sauce" which provide surprisingly strong magnet pull to keeps the phone securely held in place, while not letting any magnetic field bleed pass the case.
When will a case be available for my XYZ phone?
Because we want as many phones as possible to be included we will be offering the technology (case side) as an Open Source project for any person or company to use free of charge. So you are likely to see a selection of cases available shortly after launch. The best way to ensure this happen is to make this project a success by either backing the project (get a set for your cousin's iPhone) or spread the word about E-Fusion to all your friends.
UPDATE 6/27/13: We just added a post on our Facebook page where you can vote for your phone of choice: Vote!
Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com
In-studio photos by Sunnyvale Photo Studio