Kickstarter project aims to introduce magnetic charging to iPhone 5/5S

Although introduced roughly five years ago, wireless charging has been slowly adopted into only a fraction of the mobile devices currently on the market. While it has yet to catch on, many users swear by it, vowing never to go back to the "archaic" method of plugging in to charge a device. Although it is not a necessity, being able to set your device down and have it charge automatically, has an undeniable satisfying quality. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to officially adopt the technology into their handsets and third party wireless accessories tend to deform the contours of the svelte iPhone.

Luckily, there is a Kickstarter project that aims to try and rectify both aforementioned issues. While it is not a truly wireless product, it does attempt to mitigate the issue of plugging in a cable by introducing an interface that is utilized on Apple's Macbook products. The "Cabin" is a simple adapter converter that plugs into the existing Lightning connector on the bottom of iPhone 5 and 5S. The adapter utilizes a magnetic connection that bonds the supplied charger to the phone. 

The Kickstarter project has a wide variety of options with the most basic reward tier being a MagAdapter and MicroAdapter for $25 USD. HEVO LABS will also offer the option to purchase a compatible dock, charging case, or both depending on the reward tier selected. The battery case is unique in that it retains the slim profile of the iPhone by encasing a 2200mAh battery in an aluminum unibody structure.

The Kickstarter project has more than a month before it ends, but it has already surpassed its funding goal - just over $56k of the original $50k asked at the time of writing. Currently, all of the reward tiers are available, with delivery expected sometime in November 2014. For those who are holding out for an iPhone 6 variant of the adapter, HEVO LABS has already begun work on a prototype, with an expected release sometime in the near future. The KickStarter project will close on August 29th, 2014.

Source: Kickstarter | Image via HEVO LABS

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Why even fund this. 1st, there are alternatives today. 2nd, looks like they will need more because there will not be just one size iPhone anymore. Plus, it could be a scam. Be careful Apple users.

do you all even believe this Kickstarter thing is going to be a quality product? or will it turn into another one of those "Peter Molyneux" moments? I promise you the moon, but got a pile of **** instead....

Why even have a connector? There's no real reason modern cell phones should have a power or data connector. It can all be done wirelessly.

I can think of counter arguments to both.

If I can only charge wirelessly, I can't charge my phone while using it at the same time, unless I look vertically down at the charging platform. Charging platforms are also expensive vs £2 USB leads.

Don't get me wrong, wireless charging/data is of great benefit, but it shouldn't be the only way to do it.

It might not be possible to communicate between the wireless connection and PC to transfer data. At my office, the wireless runs on a completely different subnet to the LAN, which means that I can't get my phone to talk to my PC.

The charging coils add thickness to the phone

by little. actually the coil is thin enough to be ignored. i daresay what matters more (more here really doesn't mean much) is the control ic(ac/dc adapter).

pack34 said,
Why even have a connector? There's no real reason modern cell phones should have a power or data connector. It can all be done wirelessly.
I use my iPhone connected via USB to my Laptop regularly for internet when there is power outages or I'm in an area without coverage. If I didn't have a data/power port I'd be unable to do this for any length of time, as using a phone as a hotspot drains it's power fast.

Also, in areas where there are lots of competing Wifi signals, I get much better speed downloading/uploading to a computer via USB than over WiFi..

and all this will be in vain, when apple finally introduces their wireless charging 'innovation', but i guess isheeps will buy anything for their apple product!

Get off your high-horse...
Apple typically doesn't release junk that people don't want. And wireless charging is nothing more than a novelty.

I'd rather snap my phone onto a dock than have a wireless pad that requires a special case on my phone. Both still require something being plugged in, hence why people aren't interested.

Astra.Xtreme said,

The REAL wireless charging doesn't need a special case or a special dock, like these guys are saying in their kickstarter video... some of the Galaxys, Lumias and Nexus are saying hello...but when Apple will finally introduce it, it will be called innovation...oh, and Apple doesn't even release things that people REALLY want and ask all the time, not just junk that people don't want. Apple never listens to people, they think they know what's best for all of us...!

tomasse said,

The REAL wireless charging doesn't need a special case or a special dock, like these guys are saying in their kickstarter video... some of the Galaxys, Lumias and Nexus are saying hello...but when Apple will finally introduce it, it will be called innovation...oh, and Apple doesn't even release things that people REALLY want and ask all the time, not just junk that people don't want. Apple never listens to people, they think they know what's best for all of us...!

You may want to send a memo about it to AT&T....

tomasse said,

The REAL wireless charging doesn't need a special case or a special dock, like these guys are saying in their kickstarter video... some of the Galaxys, Lumias and Nexus are saying hello...but when Apple will finally introduce it, it will be called innovation...oh, and Apple doesn't even release things that people REALLY want and ask all the time, not just junk that people don't want. Apple never listens to people, they think they know what's best for all of us...!

One would think that if someone needs specific features, they'd just buy the phone they actually need. If you're dumb enough to buy a phone that doesn't do what you want it to do, then maybe... JUST MAYBE... it's your own fault.

Personal responsibility people. Don't buy a car if you need a truck...

tomasse said,

The REAL wireless charging doesn't need a special case or a special dock, like these guys are saying in their kickstarter video... some of the Galaxys, Lumias and Nexus are saying hello...but when Apple will finally introduce it, it will be called innovation...oh, and Apple doesn't even release things that people REALLY want and ask all the time, not just junk that people don't want. Apple never listens to people, they think they know what's best for all of us...!

Thanks for sharing your OPINIONS with us...
In the real world, it doesn't work that way...

Seems they went with the magnet simply because the rest of the design would be prone to snapping the connector off, and thought they'd make it a "feature".

Also, those are speakers that the battery covers up, right?

FiB3R said,
Seems they went with the magnet simply because the rest of the design would be prone to snapping the connector off, and thought they'd make it a "feature".

Also, those are speakers that the battery covers up, right?

Yep and yep.

FiB3R said,
Seems they went with the magnet simply because the rest of the design would be prone to snapping the connector off, and thought they'd make it a "feature".

Also, those are speakers that the battery covers up, right?

If you read the FAQ

How does attaching Cabin to iPhone affect sound from the microphone and speaker?
We have designed Cabin to achieve function without damaging its seamless appearance. Between the base of Cabin and iPhone is a thin gap/groove which allows voice and sound to pass through.