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STAGE 5 Dock – First Smartdock for Iphone, Android & Tablets

The idea of multifunctional smartdock came to us while we were trying to find a docking station which had an acoustic system, looked good and at the same time was reasonably priced.

Currently the choice of docking stations is quite extensive. Nevertheless, each has a clear weakness or several of them:

• Supports only one smartphone brand

• Does not have a sound system or has a very weak one

• Is visually unappealing or made of plastics

• Poor value with big name brands

Thus, at the lunch table first sketches of our Stage5 dock were born. We did not want to go for a simple piece of metal with built-in sound device. Instead, we created a next generation dock.

Stage5 is a multifunctional dock, which supports most of the smartphones and tablets out there – all iPhones, iPads and any smartphone or tablet with a standard Micro USB port. In addition, you can listen to the music by connecting it to any other Bluetooth enabled device that plays music. Stage5 takes advantage of vibration speaker technology making any resonant surface into a high quality surface speaker which envelops the listener in immersive sound. Stage5 can be used for charging your device even if away from power supply.

Tablet Edition

Designed to fit tablets and bigger size smartphones
Designed to fit tablets and bigger size smartphones

• Made of aviation grade aluminum

• Size 100mm x 90mm x 40mm

• Weight ~400g

• Vibration speaker 10W RMS

• Bluetooth 4.0

• Touch sensitive power button

• Fits all iPhone models, other smartphones and tablets (connector bottom center)

• Replaceable connector types (30-pin, 8-pin, Micro USB)

• AC/DC Power converter 100-240V to 5V 3.1A

• Standard Micro USB cable

We are in process of developing Stage5 control application. It adds functionality and makes Stage5 Dock even more fun and easy to use. App will be available for iOS/Android/Windows Phone.

App’s features include:

  • Advanced features – including but not limited to auto connection, standby settings
  • Notifications – select the applications that are allowed to use vibration speaker for alert sounds.
  • Battery – shows battery charge status and allows setting at what percentage a low battery warning is displayed. Using APP you can switch between using battery for speaker and charging phone from battery (Please note, battery mainly is used for powering speaker and you may not get a full charge when charging a high capacity smartphone battery).
  • Profile – lets you save and load specific settings for different devices.
  • Equalizer – allows improving the sound by tuning different frequencies

Stage5 is made from aviation grade aluminum and it will be available in a variety of colors(clear coated glossy or bead blasted, anodized matte finish), so you can pick your favorite.

The bottom side of the dock is made of micro suction rubber – it allows vibration speaker to transfer sound with greater efficiency. It also ensures that dock doesn’t move when undocking your device.

Micro suction rubber sticks to surfaces, but it won’t leave any residue when removed. Compatible with your smartphone or tablet PC.

To make it more versatile Stage5 is equipped with Bluetooth so you can also sync it with any Bluetooth enabled music player. It will allow for a smooth connection and the next time you use it, the link with your device will be established automatically.

The angle of the dock makes it convenient for video calls and skyping.

You do not have to worry about changing the dock once you upgrade to different device as we offer a dock with multiple charger tips. It will also come in handy in case you charge various smartphones and tablets.

Currently Stage5 will be available with replaceable connector types (30-pin, 8-pin or Micro USB). We plan to add tablet connectors for Samsung, Asus, Acer etc. later on.

Vibration speaker will reveal you new and unforgettable way of listening to the music by using the surface as a speaker. Due to the output of powerful micro vibrations, Stage5 transducer energizes large areas of surfaces generating sound around the entire surface.

Traditional speaker sends sound waves in a certain direction
Traditional speaker sends sound waves in a certain direction
Stage5 vibration transducer uses the whole surface as a speaker
Stage5 vibration transducer uses the whole surface as a speaker

Every time you change the surface, you will get a new and unique sound. It sounds equally well on wood, metal, glass, tiles and other resonant surfaces.

The micro suction rubber on the bottom will not let it scratch the surface.
The micro suction rubber on the bottom will not let it scratch the surface.

Stage5 can also be used in parties – just put on your favourite song and place it anywhere in the room. You don’t have to worry about finding an electricity cable as Stage5 has a built-in battery allowing you to enjoy up to 3 hours of music without plugging it in.

Stage5 is a perfect fit for your phone or tablet – docking and undocking is simple and easy. It doesn’t matter if your phone has a case/cover – it will fit equally well in the dock.

Maris Poikans, Founder, Manager.

Responsible for project management, all contacts with suppliers, acoustics physics and all other aspects of Stage5 project. 

Karlis Ozols, Developer.

Responsible for application development, software and hardware integration, testing and assembly.   

Peteris Mangulis, Designer.

Responsible for Stage5 design, concept sketches, CAD modeling, packaging design.

Early prototype. We are working on redesigned mounts for pcb, wires and battery, final version will look different.
Early prototype. We are working on redesigned mounts for pcb, wires and battery, final version will look different.

Currently we have made a couple of CNC machined prototypes and we do feel that we have found the best acoustic shape for the dock to provide an outstanding sound.

Our goal with this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funding for two aluminum injection molds needed for Stage5 production, one for smartphones and one for tablets.

We have found a company willing to invest funds in our project, so there are a couple of thing that have changed since Stage5 project was first launched.

  • Investors will invest their resources in Stage5 dock electronics production.
  • Reduced cost! We can make larger initial batch, that means – less resources needed to carry out the project and we can offer a better price to you. Free shipping anywhere in the world included.
  • Decreased production time. All necessary electronic components will be ready before Kickstarter campaign ends. This means – you will receive finished product sooner!

About boaks

I am the owner of Cerebral-overload.com and the Verizon Wireless Reviewer for Techburgh.com. Ben’s love of gadgets came from his lack of a Nintendo Game Boy when he was a child . Ben vowed from that day on to get his hands on as many tech products as possible. Ben’s approach to a review is to make it informative for the technofile while still making it understandable to everyone. Ben is a new voice in the tech industry and is looking to make a mark wherever he goes. When not reviewing products, Ben is also a 911 Telecommunicator just outside of Pittsburgh PA. Twitter: @gizmoboaks Hangouts: Beavercountyemt Skype: Ben.Oaks

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