Written by Quentin Malgaud
The year is 2016, Nancy and I just discovered USB-C and all its promises. We started working on a project called Leaf*. Our idea was to create a super functional device for the new MacBooks, but a device that would also look freaking good.
Fast forward a couple of months later, we started assembling the second LINEDOCK prototype and it became clear, while using it, that something had to be done over that long, dangly USB-C cable.
From left to right : U-cable, regular full specced USB-C cable first overloading (inner wires visible through plastic), with metal casing, with final injection.
This decision turned out to be one of the biggest failures and lessons we’ve learned in the early days of Linedock: entrusting a complex production to a new partner in a country where you are not, is dumb. The U-Cable ended up being one of the biggest production challenges of them all and cost a fortune. Every iteration would take more time than Nevada counting ballots. The list of technical learnings goes on forever. But in the end, boy was it worth it. The U-Cable is a major upgrade to the experience of the Linedock. There is simply no other cable, still to date with the wide adoption of USB-C, that looks anything like it.