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Intel will release a wireless charging bowl later this year
Intel is expected to release a wireless charging bowl by the end of 2014. During a speech at MakerCon in New York, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed that the wireless charging bowl will be on the market around the end of the year. The pricing of the bowl is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
The bowl measures 10 inches in diameter and should therefore be around the size of a normal bowl that is filled with chips or other snacks. The bowl uses resonant charging technology that is based on the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP) standard. This means that you will be able to charge multiple devices at one time. There are no wires required and you don’t have to line anything up precisely.
Intel developed the charging bowl after a team of Intel workers sat around a table and thought of a way to create a plug on a device that allowed the device to be charged. A female member of the group mentioned that she likes to toss her jewelry into a bowl at the end of the day and the concept began from that point.
He also shared the smart charging bowl’s less than glamorous journey from concept to production, joking that a team simply bought a cheap bowl at Walmart that they then wired up. When it worked surprisingly well, they bought a slightly better bowl from Target and tried again. Eventually a custom bowl was designed that will go on sale soon. – GizMag
During his speech, Krzanich also mentioned a number of other products that Intel is working on including “smart earbuds” which have since been called the BioSport In-Ear Headphones. Intel is also working with fasion house Opening Ceremony to create the first luxury smart bracelet.