Elevation Dock Wedge for iPhone
by TechShopJim, published
I funded the amazingly cool Elevation Dock on Kickstarter (at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hop/elevation-dock-the-best-dock-for-iphone). But when I received my Elevation Dock, I wasn't happy with the angle that the iPhone's screen faces. When the iPhone is sitting on my desk in the Elevation Dock, the iPhone screen was facing my chest, which is too low for my preferences.
I do understand why the ElevationLabs guys designed it this way. It is because a lot of people will be using this Elevation Dock on their bedside table, and I think it is the perfect angle for that. Personally, I put my iPhone under my pillow each night because I listen to white noise on my foam earbuds (the awesome and underrated Koss "The Plug" that I buy on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Koss-Plug-In-Ear-Headphones-Black/dp/B00001P4XA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350148891&sr=8-1&keywords=koss+plug), and I use the iPhone app "Sleep Cycle" (see it at http://www.sleepcycle.com or in the App Store) as my alarm, and the app needs to be able to detect my motion in the night using the iPhone's accelerometer so that it wakes me up when I am in the part of my sleep cycle when I am most awake so I don't wake up groggy. That's why I don't use the Elevation Dock next to my bed.
I designed this wedge for the Elevation Dock to rest on so that it angles the Elevation Dock and the iPhone's screen is angled up higher so it is facing my eyes when I have it on my desk. That meant raising the front edge of the Elevation Dock about 0.4".
Please let me know if you like this "thing".
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I printed it out on my Replicator 1 in black ABS with 20% fill and 2 shells. I also printed it directly on the heated build platform on blue painter's tape washed with thin ABS slurry (see my Instructable about how to do this at http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Warp-Free-MakerBot-3D-Printing/).
If you want to smooth out the surface a little bit, you could dip it in thin black ABS slurry to smooth the print lines, then allow it to dry. I didn't bother because it loos great in black just the way it is.
I was thinking about spray painting it with silver spray paint. The finish would match the sandblasted anodized aluminum Elevation Dock almost perfectly. But I decided to just leave it black.
If you aren't happy with the "weight" of this wedge, or if the wedge slides around too much between the Elevation Dock and the table, you can remove the rubber feet from the bottom of the Elevation Dock and use 3M mounting tape to stick the feet on the bottom of this wedge, and then use mounting tape to stick the wedge to the bottom of the Elevation Dock.