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Update 3/27/14: The guys at B & A Studio found a much more affordable way to manufacture the dock, so they cancelled the already-95%-funded project and opened a new one. As a result of the new manufacturing process, the company is now only seeking $13,000 (instead of the original $20,000), and the docks are down from $35 each to $19. That's a pretty massive savings – now you can essentially get two for the price of one original.

Desktop docks are nothing new in the mobile world, but finding a solution that can A) work on multiple devices, and 2) fit devices in cases can be a challenge. B&A Studio (a part of 2040 Design Studio – the company that brought us Capta, Vavo, MODO, and others) is looking to change the game with its new Arq Nesting Dock – a sleek-looking dock that works with essentially any microUSB or Lightning device.

The first thing to note about the Arq is that, unlike other dock that have attempted to work with a variety of devices, no pressure is put on the device's part or the connector. Instead, it uses movable pins to prop the unit up. Like so:

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There are 10 different possible positions the pins can be placed in to proved a variety of thicknesses, which allows the dock to be used with a device in a case. The microUSB or Lightning connector can also be used in a variety of positions – everything from flush with the top of the dock to roughly nine millimeters up – making it compatible with a variety of device/case combos. B&A has done an excellent job of highlighting many of the potential scenarios in its Kickstarter video, so give it a watch to get a better idea:

The dock will ship with its own microUSB cable to ensure compatibility, as the ends of most others are too wide to fit in the slot. The cables are easily adjusted/changed with a small, included hex key to loosen the small screws in the Arq's back. Getting it adjusted for the first time can be a bit tedious if you're a perfectionist, but thankfully once it's set you shouldn't have to change it again, assuming you don' t plan on using multiple device with the same dock.

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Speaking of multiple devices, the Arq is a nesting dock, meaning that one dock can "rest" inside of the another to create a sort of unified look. They don't physically attach to each other in any way, but each dock has PuGoo pads on the bottom so they stick to the surface below, keeping them in place.

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The primary downside that I found when playing with the Arq is that each dock must have its own cable and plug – there's no way to use multiple docks from a single outlet. Thus, if you have three devices and three docks, each one will need its own cable and AC adapter.

B&A is looking for a total of $20,000  $13,000 for Arq. Assuming it gets completely funded, the estimated shipping date is July of this year, which is essentially a four month turnaround. During the Kickstarter campaign, the docks are going for $35  $19 each (but get cheaper the more you buy), with the pledge plans reflecting that: one dock is $35, two is $65, three is $90, and so on. It will come in three different colors – red, black, and silver – and the user will be able to specify their preference once the campaign is over.

To help Arq reach its goal, and to find out more info about the product, check out the Kickstarter page. Also, to celebrate the launch of Arq's Kickstarter, 2040 Design Studio is having a flash sale on Qooqi, Capta, and MODO – all three are between 60% – 75% off, which drops the prices significantly (Qooqi is only $4!), so check those out if you're interested.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jephri

    To bad this won't work with my z1s. At least sony had their own docks.

  • Tucker Mulcahy

    Looks interesting, but I think I'd rather wait till it comes out to see if I even still need it at that point.

    • aldisiij367

      my Aunty Amelia got a new blue Land Rover
      LR4 only from working part time off a home computer... helpful hints C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

      • Milind Shah

        Wow -.-

        • Tucker Mulcahy

          Right?

          • Kylecore

            but but... i wanna see what it saaaaid lol

  • SeBsZ

    I'd buy this if the docks actually nested and passed electricity on.

  • Deeco

    Good, but nothing that stands out. It's just a regular stand.

    • Mayoo

      +1

      I would fund it if it would include something like Qi charging (would require higher back) and dock-like features using NFC chips or something.

  • jesuguru

    "total of $20,00" -either a misplaced comma or missing zero, presumably the latter.

  • https://plus.google.com/116879163037230501137/posts Cullen Maglothin

    Error in the first line, A and 2.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      haha, that's no error. I do that every time I make a list to see who catches it.

      So far, you're the first to point it out. Good job!

      • Shitiz Garg

        *Every time he makes a list*
        *Sees who catches it*

        Suuuuuuuureee......

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Guess now I'll have to watch closely while reading your articles

  • Matthew Fry

    This is a cool but probably not as useful as some of their other products. I'd recommend getting the Modo at that price though.

  • Henry Green

    And then Xperia devices just won't fit at all, damn you and your side mounted USB ports!

    • Adam Olivero

      They will work. The Arq supports side mounted USB. Check the page :)

      • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

        The Xperia comes with a side USB slot but the cover flap might be an issue because it might be in the way of it laying flat on Arc. Check this video at 2.30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNjGVi57lpA

  • Adam Olivero

    Can't wait to get mine!

    • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

      Hello Adam, thanks for the support :-) Keep spread the word.

      • Adam Olivero

        I sure am. I tipped Cameron to update the article :)

        • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

          Thanks Adam - We are close to funded now. Just $240 plus remaining. Go Arq!!

          • Adam Olivero

            Wow GO Arq! Let's get funded today so you guys can get started early on production!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Still can't understand why Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 5 share the back panel design... does it mean that Nexus 6, Nexus 8 and Nexus 10 2014 will have those too? To completely unify the lineup design-wise?

  • Zaatour36

    "Qooqi is only $4!"

    just checked, it's $5.99

    • Adam Olivero

      That part of the article concerned the first launch of course 2040 could answer and change prices at any time :)

      • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

        :-) Thats why we like you Adam.. :)

        • Adam Olivero

          I just try to be reasonable. I really don't like people that want to pick apart every error in an article :)

  • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

    Hello Cameron, thanks for the reboot about Arq. We are here to answer any questions. Thanks as always everyone.

    • Dan

      The info says "no weight on connector" multiple times, but the pics look like there's no room to use the support rods with many of the phones. For example, the S4 looks like it's too deep or not wide enough for the support rods. Is that just a really bad camera angle? It looks like the only thing holding the phone from falling backwards would be torque on the USB port. In most (all?) of the video shots, you can see that there are no support rods behind the phone. It's a cool dock, but there's no way I want all of the forward/back torque from the weight of my phone supported by the USB port all day, every day.

      Can you give us some insight on that?

      • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

        Hello Dan, great questions and concerns. I would write up a chapter here but hang in there. We'll shoot a video to actually show you how it works and answer your questions. Sit tight and we'll be right back.

        • Dan

          Brilliant! It was totally an optical illusion in the other video. Thanks for making this video. Time to go order a few.

      • Guest

        Hello Dan as promised here is a video that answers your questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt4WjpIZ3V4&feature=youtu.be Let us know your thoughts. Thanks

      • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

        Hello Dan, here is a video with our prototypes to answer your questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt4WjpIZ3V4&feature=youtu.be The deleted comment below is mine as well. Posted the wrong video. Let us know your thoughts. Thanks.

  • Adam Olivero

    And its FUNDED! Thanks AP readers that backed like me!

    • http://www.2040studio.com/ 2040 Studio

      Hello Adam, AP readers like you have made it possible to have Arq dock to life. Next step manufacturing and stretch goals... :)

      • Adam Olivero

        Awesome good to hear! Glad I could help fund Arq!

  • Seireitei

    I really want one of these. Its a real shame the usb port on the HTC One m7 is off center. I'm not sure how it would look sat on an arc dock.

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