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iPhone 5 LEGO Dock v2: Headphone Compatibility

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I modified the iPhone 5 dock/stand I made out of LEGO to accommodate the headphone cable (which is now located at the bottom of the phone, and is probably the number one reason that Apple has said the won’t be making a dock for the iPhone 5. Now I can listen to podcasts and music at my desk while using the stand.

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I also added some cosmetic enhancements, because let’s be honest – half the fun of doing this is tinkering and trying to make it look cool.

I still haven’t integrated a Lightning cable of charging/sync, partly because I still only have two cables, and don’t want to dedicate one to living on my desk, but also because kind of like see what kind of battery life I get when I go all day without charging. So far, it’s great. I rarely dip below the 20% mark before I go to bed. There’s space for it in the design, though, and I’ll add it eventually, once I have a spare cable laying around.

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iPhone 5 LEGO Dock

iPhone 5 LEGO Dock

The angle is just about perfect. It was driving me CRAZY having my phone lay flat on my desk. Partly because I’m paranoid about scratching up the back, and partly because I like to glance at notifications when they come in.

Battery life is good enough (and spare Lightning cables scarce enough) that I’m not going to integrate charging yet. And I want to figure out how to raise it enough to allow the headphones to be plugged in (at the bottom). But it’s a start.

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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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