Intel announces that its wireless charging bowl will be available this year
Intel’s CEO Brain Krzanich announced that the company’s wireless charging bowl will be “on the market right around the end of this year”, reports CNet. He made the announcement on Thursday, at the MakerCon conference in New York.
First revealed back in January, during CES, amongst many other innovations from the company, including the ‘smart earbuds’ which are now the BioSport In-Ear Headphones, and a wearable, now known as the MICA, the wireless charging bowl was said to draw the most attention and reaction from the conference attendees. The smart charger for smartphones and electronics received continuous enquiries as to when it would be hitting the market. Before the swell of interest it seemed, at the time, to be just another crazy idea shown off at CES, which never finds its way to mass production.
Krzanich shared the journey of the smart charging bowl from concept to production. The team was originally exploring different ways to charge wearable technology without the frustration to have to create a plug somewhere on a device, and the idea came from a woman in the group who mentioned that she throws her jewellery in a bowl at the end of the day. He joked that the concept quickly caught on and led to a trip to Walmart where a cheap chips bowl was bought and wired up to make into their first prototype charger. “To our surprise, it actually worked,” Krzanich added, mentioning that a custom designed bowl was eventually made to complete the product.
The announcement of the wireless charging bowl comes following the unveiling of the company’s first wearable, MICA, which was created in partnership with fashion retailer Opening Ceremony. Intel, which is best known for making PC chips, is certainly working hard to expand into new markets especially wearables, and we will just have to wait and see if its efforts pay off.
We can expect the bowl to turn up just in time for the holiday season, although the price of it has not been disclosed.