I had an interesting couple of thought so I thought I’d lay it out if only to get them out of my head.
I know a lot of people have had some degree of luck with external docks but I’m a little nervous to spend ~$300 or more given it wasn’t guaranteed to work. I wondered about the possibility of a dock built by Framework. I have one at work and digging around the office for compatible video cables made me think about how easy it would have been if I could just drop expansion cards for what cables I have and move on with my day. Let along a dock that I can slide a storage card into.
Then I thought about how nice the keyboard is. It would be interesting to see if you could release a stand alone keyboard that used the existing laptop keyboard components. Maybe with the ability to support a subset of expansion cards (maybe not video but storage).