1. ForgeDevicesVR's Avatar
    Hello everyone, I wanted to post about a project I'm working on with a fellow gamer. We are creating an accessory for the HTC Vive that we think will make your lives a lot easier.

    We are hoping you all could provide some honest, critical feedback on the ViveDock. Our goal with the project and our company is to implement feedback received from the VR / PC Gaming enthusiast community. We believe doing so will be order to make the most useful and functional version of our vision as possible.

    The product that we're presenting today for your evaluation and feedback is a unique HTC Vive hand-held controller docking system named ViveDock. Existing data and charging docking stations for VR controllers use hard metal-to-metal connectors that quickly fatigue, severely shortening the life of the costly $130 handheld controllers. Continual disconnection and re-connection necessitates dealing with messy tangled cables that often interfere with the game room environment – one more thing to trip over during VR.

    The initial release of ViveDock Standard uses magnetic proximity connectors over the Micro-USB 3.0 standard that allow high density power to pass from your PC desktop workstation to the handhelds. The controllers disconnect and reconnect from the Vive Dock station seamlessly with a gentle lifting motion.

    The unit is to be fabricated out of renewable bio-polymer during the injection molding process and is easily color customizable to suit any game room décor. Durability questions have been addressed by choosing to use recycled ABS resin, also used in automotive applications such as bumpers, interior panels, etc. The planned ViveDock + will have co-located power and data connectivity to recharge and push firmware updates to the handheld controllers, as well as receive advanced diagnostic information for troubleshooting controller issues. We also plan to explore offering a third model, the ViveDock Pro - which will be CNC'd from a solid block of Aluminum.

    As gamers in this rapidly evolving and cutting edge market, your feedback is invaluable. We welcome any and all comments and suggestions regarding design, aesthetics and functionality. We intend to use the feedback to further refine and improve the design prior to our anticipated Kickstarter offering on Tuesday, May 11th, 2017.

    Thank you for taking the time to read about the ViveDock and Forge Devices. Your comments and feedback are extremely valuable! Please let us know what you HONESTLY think of the ViveDock. The only way we can improve is by receiving critical feedback.

    -Tom from Forge Devices
    Firegold21 likes this.
    05-01-2017 07:12 PM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    Simple but functional! Perhaps a variety of colors, or at least a choice or black, white or silver, etc?
    05-22-2017 09:01 AM
  3. Russell Holly's Avatar
    Not gonna lie, this is some life-altering stuff right here.

    Based on your description, I'd like some kind of visual confirmation the controllers were charging. Also, will the inside dock slot scratch my controllers if I slide them in at the wrong angle or something?

    Can't wait to see more!
    pkcable likes this.
    05-22-2017 02:04 PM

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