Hi, guys I posted earlier in the [Donald Dock][Step 2.2] [SUMMARY/DISCUSSION] Potential product type thread but decided I’d open my own given that the discussion got a bit long. I’ve also added numerous modifications based on feedback.
Anyway, so my idea is to have a ergonomic rotating stand that the V docks into and then a modular docking unit which can be fitted at the base. This will allow for portability and for more stationary use.
As for the stand itself:
- It’s more ergonomic and allows the user to use the V as both an extra screen in portrait mode(too bad to not use that wonderful screen anyway)
- It allows for easy pen input. Which means the V can be used as a drawing tablet beside normal office monitors.
- It’s an integrated solution quite like the Microsoft Studio, except with a smaller screen.
- Expensive. I can’t give any figures but it requires substantial amount of mechanical moving parts, each that will need to be developed, calibrated for proper friction and machined within tolerances.
- Not for everyone. Quoted as a bit overkill.
- Might need a lock mechanism for the motions as the hinges might not be stiff enough to draw comfortably on. Then again the new Surface Book 2 and Surface Studio seems to do that without too much trouble.
I made some 3D files:
- Notice that the V is fastened using the keyboard slot and by fasteners on the sides that fit into the USB-C ports and ONE USB A port(only one as some people expressed a wish for one port to be left unused so the V could be undocked while a peripheral was still attached).
- The slot at the base is for the modular dock. Sizes and dimensions for this can be edited as well as the ports. I’m just bringing up a form factor idea.
- The ports are either put passthrough to the dock, or their bandwidth is used for the dock’s ports. I imagine there will be male USB outputs at the back of the base that go into the dock. This also opens up possibilities for extension cords so the dock itself could be placed behind the base(for example if you want the V close for drawing but still in the stand)
- The stand can be put completely horizontally in line with the base.
- Holes can be machined into the two plates for cooling purposes.
- Yes I were too lazy to make the USB-C plugs on the right side.
Close up of notch for the single USB A port(note that it’s a bit misaligned. And that it might be better to forego the “frames” alltogether. As I don’t have the V in CAD files I just made some assumptions to placement and such.
Well, that’s it. Idea shared Now I can feel like I managed to do something productive with my day instead of laying in bed worrying about Solid dynamics and Engineering Mathematics… (this is really procrastinating to be fair tho)