Cars

First design for Black and Tan

Created on Sunday, September 03 2017 20:17

It's funny how these days we depend and use our smartphones so much, and yet car designers by in large provide no easy way to store or charge them. They more or less leave it up the market to figure out.

Here's my attempt at a phone dock for BaT. My design requirements were that it fit my phone and Eliza's phone, though not simultaneously. It took me a few revisions, but I got there. The trickiest part was how to get the mount to firmly attach itself to the car.

Like a few of my other designs, I turned to my old reliable friend. The rubber band. In this case, the rubber band is used to seal itself against the center console opening and to provide tension to the clip that helps to mechanically hold the dock in place.

Not bad! The blue printed part doesn't look like it belongs there, but I think it's better than other solutions. I didn't lose an air vent. I didn't lose a cup holder. I didn't lose any passenger space either.

Clearance wise, my LG V20 in a Speck case doesn't touch anything other than the dock itself. The angle the phone is canted back was an issue though. Hence the need to be a bit nuanced in my plug shape, and the long rear stabilizing base.

Mission accomplished. I can plug my phone in with my charging cord and simply drop it into the dock. It may not be mounted in line of sight like Eliza's Cravenspeed Gemini mount, but my phone's got a proper home now.

First mod is done. Next is... not sure. Weathertech? Ecohitch? Winter tires? hmmmm...