Uncover

Laser cut and customize your MacBook backlight

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#1 Product of the WeekJuly 01, 2015
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Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
This was one of the hardest things I ever had to develop, but the result was soooo worth it. The inspiration came when I noticed that, when you turn down the brightness on a Mac screen, the backlit Apple logo also becomes dimmer. Previously, I always thought that it was lit by a special LED, but actually, it's the screen's backlight. That meant there was a massive lightsource behind the aluminium, waiting to be 'uncovered'. So we started to demolish Mac screens; especially the Air and Retina's are a real b*tch to take apart. Was pretty scary to place the first aluminium casing under a 2 kilowatt industrial lasercutter (way too strong actually, but I didn't know much at the time). ±30 prototypes later, we've found our super-specific but very interesting niche: CEO's and DJ's all want to beam out their own logo on stage. So, the CEO's of Evernote, Snapchat, Flipboard, Lyft, The Next Web and WeTransfer all get their Mac Uncovered. As do Laidback Luke, Jamie XX and tomorrow, we're making one for Hardwell. The new '1-port' MacBook actually doesn't have a backlit logo, which is the first time in around 15 years Apple doesn't let their brand shine through. However, there IS light inside, and our first experiments give reason for optimism (also we discovered the weirdest thing inside the screen). Can't say for sure if we're gonna be able to 'uncover' the gold Macs as well, but for now, we're pretty proud to be pimping the MacBooks for some of the world's coolest artists and company leaders.
Tori Bunte
Tori Bunte@stttories · PMM, HPE Storage
@victorvandoorn is it weird i'm most impressed by jamie xx?
Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
@stttories Haha it's not weird, he's fantastic :)
Greg Muender
Greg Muender@gregmuender · Author, #mediumbook (notbignotsmall.com)
@victorvandoorn what was the weird thing you discovered?
Michael Sitver
Michael Sitver@msitver · I build things
@victorvandoorn FYI I think this is fantastic, so I wrote about it: https://geeky.io/2015/07/03/lase...
Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
@msitver Thanks Michael, we're feeling honored over here!
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠Hunter@milann · Making technology come alive 🃏
One of the most insane and impressive ways to customize your MacBook :o
Thomas Griffin
Thomas Griffin@thomasle0n · CEO, ArtSquare
Awesome product- I'd love to get one for ArtSquare! Haha, although the team is a bit sketchy ;) http://www.uncovermac.com/about/
Felix Jung
Felix Jung@avoision · avoision
@thomasle0n He's a busy founder (hence all the photos). I did the same search wanting more info, and found the "About" page for Uncover Labs. Which is exciting, as I'm going to be traveling to Amsterdam in a few months. Might have to stop by! http://uncoverlab.com/pages/abou...
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠Hunter@milann · Making technology come alive 🃏
Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
@thomasle0n Haha thanks Thomas, sketchy indeed ;) I looked at your logo and think it would actually look beautiful in color, as well as monocrome (with the A in aluminum and the rounded rectangle all white..). And thanks @avoision, uncoverlab.com is our store in Amsterdam, a 'tattoo shop for objects' ;)
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Well done, @victorvandoorn. These are epic. Are you planning to add backlit color customization?
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠Hunter@milann · Making technology come alive 🃏
@rrhoover I think that's possible, check out the one for The Next Web: You want one for PH? ;) Round orange outlined P?
Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
@rrhoover Thanks Ryan! We definitely make colored uncovers. In most cases though, a design looks best in plain old, minimalist white, so we don't actively market it. But in some cases, if the color isn't too dark a shade, it can look really, really awesome ;)
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@milann a burned orange parking lot "P" would be pic 😄
Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
Let's make one for the PH team :)
Geet Khosla
Geet Khosla@geetkhosla · Family, Health and Entrepreneurship.
@victorvandoorn absolutely!!!
Jonathan Howard
Jonathan HowardHiring@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
@victorvandoorn Would a bulk deal be possible? Or is most of the cost from the actual per-unit labor et al?
Victor
VictorMaker@victorvandoorn · Founder, Uncover
@staringispolite You guessed correctly; most of the cost is in the labor of disassembly, aligning and monitoring the machines when carving the Mac plate, the perspex inlay and often aluminum inlays for in the inlay, and the reassembly.. Only a small part is the design prep, which is where some savings occur for larger orders. How large a series were you thinking? If you like, you can contact us directly at tailor@uncovermac.com