KickStarter Spotlight: Station

KickStarter Spotlight: Station

Mar 27, 2013

Everyone could use some help being more organized; it is not a secret. An amazing percentage of the clutter that will build on an average desk are objects that are only there temporarily, such as a phone, keys, or wallet. There are hundreds of desk organizers that are available for purchase either online or at any store with an office section, but there are generally cheap and crudely constructed. At the least, a majority of them are overdone and attempt to do too much which might not be a problem for most people, but for those who are looking to add a little minimalist flair to their desk these obtuse organizers tend to get in the way. Over in KickStarter land there is a budding and promising new project that aims to deliver a precisely crafted organizer that also is pleasing on the eyes and might even garner a few compliments. This project is called Station, and it aims to clear the clutter in the most minimalist way possible.

Station is really nothing more than a piece of machined bamboo, which, as the developers are quick to point out, is one of the fastest renewing resources. The product is really designed for those who do not need much in the way of mass organization, and therefor really caters to a very specific client who does not need paper storage and only has a handful of items with them daily. There are three compartments here, a narrow trough for a pen or two, a large rectangular, multifunctional bay aptly deemed “stuff”, and a small, deeper gap for a smartphone to stand at an angle. By keeping the Station small the creators really allow for it to be placed anywhere, and it’s gorgeous, simple bamboo finish is enough to fit seamlessly into a modern living room or bedroom. My one gripe is that there should be at least an option to thread a charging cord into the phone dock.

With product consolidation at an all time high the need for a receptacle that holds a large plethora of items is waning, and it is hard to find many people who are carrying much more than a phone, keys, a pen, and a wallet. For only $29 retail, the Station is a cheap way to add a little extra functionality and style to an office or living area. With almost a month left to go, Station is almost half way to it’s $5,000 goal so for those looking for a discount donation price better ask quick before they’re all sold out.

KickStarter Spotlight: POP

KickStarter Spotlight: POP

Aug 1, 2012

We tech users are a demanding bunch. Something is always just not good enough with our devices, usually lamenting on some network sluggishness. Comedian Louis C.K. has famously commented about this saying: “It’s going to space! Give it a second.” One of the more common gripes is short battery life, and this one is understandable: what use is that $800 iPad if it won’t start up on the train ride home. There are plenty of options for this with a bevy of pocket-sized battery chargers and such but what about those times where there is more than one phone or device. Picture working a booth at some event where power is scarce, like playing softball in a rec league. There are plenty of phones that probably need charging and I would bet that not all of them use the same charger port.

Enter POP, a stylish portable charger that brings some serious power to the table as well as a few surprises. The whole device is pretty large when compared to other chargers but this is for a reason: POP contains not one, but four charging stations as well as two USB ports. These charging stations come in the form of 3 foot retractable cables that are capped with an ingenious contraption that features both Apple’s 30 Pin connector and the ubiquitous micro-USB. This works by having the Apple connector slide up and hinge down, revealing the smaller micro-USB.


I cannot get over the sheer ingenuity of this feature, and coupled with the 3 foot retractable cord, it makes POP an incredibly useful and convenient device, that is attractive enough to be displayed on a living room coffee table.

So what is going to charge the potentially 5 devices all at one time? Try a 25,000 mAh battery, which is just stupid big. That is 7,000 mAh bigger than anything on the market now and POP is slated to come in at nearly $100 cheaper. Personally I cannot find anything to fault with the concept POP. For anyone who needs a portable charging station that has the brawn to last all day and charge up to 5 devices at a time without messy cables, then POP could be the perfect product.