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Prototype LEGO iPhone Dock

I bought a [Brickcase][] a while ago – an iPhone case with LEGO studs on the back. It’s quite cute and geeky, but I’ve never been one to use a case with my iPhone, and I couldn’t use my iPhone 4 dock on my desk with a case, so I stopped wearing it after a few days.

A couple of days ago, my I saw that my friend Matt had a Brickcase, and had attached a few 1×1 LEGO plates on the back. My geek brain immediately saw the pleasurable possibilities of fidgeting with constantly rearranging the pattern on the back of my iPhone. **Executives have stress balls, hippies have worry stones, geeks have LEGO on the back of their phones.** I scrounged up some red and white plates (until I can make a trip to the LEGO store to pick up 96 of them in bulk, to cover the whole case), and made a nifty pattern. It kind of looks like a Viper fighter from BSG, if you ask me. But I could no longer use the dock I keep on my desk…

Matt had the solution to this, too. He whipped up a makeshift iPhone dock out of some LEGO bricks. So of course, I had to copy that, too. Here are the results of a few minutes tinkering with some pieces from a [LEGO Creator Street Speeder kit][] that I’ve had at my desk for ages:

My first prototype LEGO iPhone dock, for use with my Brickcase. What do you think?

View from the side, showing the nice recline angle (almost matches the Apple dock):

Prototype LEGO iPhone dock - side view. I like the slight recline angle.

View from the rear, also showing off the back of the Brickcase and my current design (which will change at any time):

LEGO iPhone Dock - Rear. With my Brickcase (and BSG design) that started the whole project.

(*Pardon the quality of those last two pics, I took them with my iPad, because my iPhone was in the dock.*)

This what a total whim, but I’m pretty pleased with how functional the result is. It won’t tip over, it holds the dock connector cable quite securely, and I’ve already had people ask me when I’m going to start selling them (answer: I’m not, but it’s more fun to build your own, anyway!). All in all, I’m pretty proud of my geeky little ten minute project. What do you think? :-)

[Brickcase]: http://amzn.to/ihPUsM
[LEGO Creator Street Speeder kit]: http://amzn.to/hwCCvv

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4 thoughts on “Prototype LEGO iPhone Dock

    • I’m thinking about doing one for the iPad. I have the official Apple iPad 2 dock, and it works really well. So necessity won’t be such a driver there, like it was for my iPhone (if I wanted to keep using the Brickcase). I’ll definitely post something if I do it.

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