updated 02:50 pm EST, Mon November 28, 2011
$140 device simplifies connecting peripherals
Startup InfiniWing is offering a simple but elegant docking solution for the MacBook Air. The LandingZone can connect one of these ultra-thins to power, a monitor, 100 Mbps Ethernet, and up to four USB devices. An owner simply drops the MacBook Air onto the dock and then locks it in place with a lever.
The docking station comes in one of two versions to accommodate either an 11-inch or 13-inch MacBook Air (2010 or later). Although not ThunderBolt-ready, a built in Mini DisplayPort can support a display with resolution of up to 2560x1440. There is a locking port for an optional Kensington lock.
InfiniWing is developing the docking station with support from Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects. Under the program, InfiniWing must attract $50,000 by January 1. If it does, it will get funding money. "Patrons" who do commit to the product will get it for $140. Afterwards, the price will jump to $200. To date, LandingZone has attracted 87 backers who have pledged $13,263 of the target amount. [via Wired]