For those who want to add a little bit of luxury to their smartphone, Orée has created a wireless charging block that's fashioned out of a single block of wood or marble and integrates a speaker and microphone for speakerphone calls. For a Kickstarter pledge starting at $200, the Orée Pebble 2 is an elegantly designed cylinder that sits on your desk and bedside stand so you can merely set a smartphone with Qi wireless charging technology on top of the Pebble 2 and it will begin charging without requiring any wires.
The Orée Pebble 2 will work with a number of Nokia Lumia smartphones, Google's Nexus 5 and 7, and any smartphone with a Qi-compatible wireless charging case, cover, or shell including Samsung's Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 and even an iPhone. From Orée:
"Orée Pebble 2 is artisanally crafted from a single block of Carrare white marble, French walnut or tilia. These premium natural materials adorned by a timeless minimalist design give the Pebble 2 its distinctive halo that will enhance any elegant table or desk."
For sound output, there is an embedded 5W speaker inside the marble or wood Pebble 2 as well as an omnidirectional microphone for speakerphone calls that also has noise cancellation.
The $200 starting pledge on Kickstarter will net you an audio-only version of the Pebble 2, meaning you won't get a version with wireless charging. For a starting pledge of $225, you'll get a Pebble 2 with both the speaker and the wireless charging built into the base. For the iPhone, if you don't already have a Qi-compatible wireless charging case, a $315 pledge will get you a Pebble 2 along with Orée's iPhone charging sleeve fashioned out of leather. At each level you can add $50 to jump up to a marble version of the charger.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns, this is a pledge and not a purchase where a product is guaranteed to be delivered; unsuccessful campaigns may not result in shipping products. But if you think they've got what it takes to bring this to market, now's the time to get in on the campaign — you can check it out at the source link below.
Source: Kickstarter; Thanks, Alicia!
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