Here's a classy potential DIY project that'll get your creative juices flowing. Take after Rich Neeley, whose own yearning for a traditional element in the digital home wasn't being met by current docks available on the market, which forced him to set out and build his own. The result is a unique dock worthy of a second look.
From Rich's Etsy store
"It looks like a mild-mannered book on a table or a desk, you almost don't notice that it's a charger.
No more dropping the cord behind the desk! The charging cord is well secured into the book, and it's designed to be compatible with all iPods and iPhones (iPhone 3G, 3GS & iPhone 4G), it accommodates sync and charge functions via a USB cable, wall connector is not included."
Being one of the first designers to capitalize on this growing trend of blending the lines between digital and analog (or err... what do lump the category of books in again?) in book form, we certainly applaud him on the polished execution. Available in his store are a number of carefully crafted docks made from original hardcover novels ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to Pride and Prejudice. Take your pick.
On the other hand, we're dying to see how he pulled this off without creating a fire hazard waiting to happen. None of the images show how the book is carved out on the inside, but we're sure one can use their imagination. Some plastic encasing perhaps? Whichever it is, we'll likely just pick one up and share what's inside with our readers (we've also sent him an e-mail asking if he would be interested in a guest post here at Unplggd).
You can still pick one up from his store for around $50-55 per dock if you feel like his craft is a little more refined than yours.
Thanks Wes for the tip!