The machined aluminum ARQ might be the best modular nesting dock ever

Looking to help fund something promising?Houston-based B&A Studio has launched a Kickstarter effort forits ARQ Modular Nesting Dock. Inspired by the convenience of modularfurniture and Apple's soft spot for aluminum designs, the studio cameup with an upright device dock that's engineered to sheer perfection.Really, it takes a borderline-unhealthy obsession with design and space tomake a charging dock this impressive.



To start it off, the ARQ is machinedfrom aircraft-grade aluminum, bead blasted, and anodized. Each unitincludes an ARQ dock, a micro-USB cable, an ARQ key, and a pair ofsupport pins. The dock takes a very small amount of space on yourdesk, and its modular design lets you arrange your devices by sizeand orientation. It might sound like an obsessive-compulsive thing todo, but the end result is neat and gorgeous - it's like putting yourgadgets on a slick aluminum pedestal.



The ARQ doesn't discriminate between microUSB and Apple's Lighting connectors - the user simply threads the charging cablethrough the dock, and secures it in place with a bundled tool. Thismeans the connector can be easily switched at any time, and its hightcan be adjusted to accommodate smartphones in cases. And, because ARQapparently loves cases, each dock has a pair of support pins that canbe slotted into 10 horizontal adjustments and made to fit most caseand device combinations out there. Also, the dock has no problem withthe few devices that have a side-connector.



On the dock's bottom, there arenano-suction pads - that means a smooth, plastic-like surface that'spacked with millions of small nano-suction cups, which create vacuumand keep the dock firmly anchored.



So, how much do you think the ARQ willcost? The answer is a surprisingly reasonable $20. Shipping withinthe US will be free, while international shipping will cost anadditional $15 flat. If the Kickstarter campaign gets fully funded,the ARQ will start shipping in July. It will be made in Apolo Silver,Aurora Black, and Titan Red colors.



source: Kickstarter

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12 Comments

1. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The problem with micro usb in this dock is that some devices when docked will be facing backward. But it has the best minimalistic design so far.

2. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Wow.. Excellent design.. this is a must have IMO.. and very cheap as well.. a really useful accessory.. backed the project..

3. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Good idea, but what about user with Apple 30-pin connector or micro-USB 3.0? :/

7. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Upgrade your device to i5 i5s or i5c dumbo.....

8. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

no, no, no, you upgrade to an android, ok? thats an upgrade

9. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Omg you don't realize that there still people happy with 4/4s Mr. Smarty pants.. P.S: And if you look at my profile, you will see that I have a Android phone..

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

this would be much more handy if you could changer the connector type to open the market to more than just iphone users for them

5. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Did you miss the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 in the picture there??? And the part where it says "The ARQ doesn't discriminate between microUSB and Apple's Lighting connectors" or the other part where it says "Each unit includes an ARQ dock, a micro-USB cable, an ARQ key, and a pair of support pins". Please read, or at lest look at the pictures commenting!

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lmao, im at work, i read the first paragraph and how it talked about apple and thought it was only for ipads, iphones and stuff

10. sicofante

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Wow, great way to break your phone's microUSB connector. Whoever thinks this is great design doesn't understand "function over form".

11. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Looks nice but I prefer a magnetic or wireless dock.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That is pretty nice. i might have to back.

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