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Picture of Smartphone Dock- (cardboard and duct tape)
This instructable will show you how to create a dock for any smartphone or iPod. This build only requires duct tape and cardboard for materials, and scissors as the only tool. This is an easy build. There are three main parts to the dock, the base, the charger/dock, and the backrest.  This is a very easy build. This dock is a charging station or a computer connection station. This requires a phone with the charging port at the bottom of the phone. I am using the Galaxy S3 as an example.

What did you make?

I made a Phone dock. I got this idea one day when I was on a school break. I was always losing my phone in my house, and when i did find it, it would be out of battery. So I decided to solve both my problems with one solution. I was not going to pay 20+ dollars for a brand docking station, so I decided to build one. I did not want to go out and buy anything. So, I used what I had at home. cardboard, duct tape, and scissors. 

How did you make it?

I spent no money out of my pocket on this project(which is amazing). I used duct tape, cardboard, a charger, a sharpie, a ruler, and scissors. I worked by myself. Honestly, I had no plan at first, and made it up as I went. But this was my second try at this. The first one was a bit sloppier, but that was a test run. I improved my plan and made it neater. The second time, I knew what I was doing.

Where did you make it?

I constructed the whole thing at home. There was no real need for any equipment. This was a fairly simple project.  I did this by myself in about two hours. This really helps me keep track of my phone and helps me keep it charged. 

What did you learn?

I learned that making multiple prototypes is important to improving your products. Planning ahead also keeps the costs down. I am proud of the fact that I saved some money. I made the same product at home for virtually no money. If I did the project again, I would use a stronger, and more hardy material to make the base.

 
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