Earlier this year at CES 2014, Intel unveiled an interesting looking device which was a bowl that offered wireless charging. It was a unique idea since instead of finding an outlet to charge our phones or devices, we can just drop it into the bowl, much like you would with your set of keys and wallet when you get home. Well the good news is that the concept of the wireless charging bowl was so well-received that Intel has decided to make it a reality. This was announced by Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich who spoke at the MakerCon conference in New York on Thursday. According to Krzanich, he expects that the device should be released by the holiday season.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told the crowd during his closing keynote at MakerCon in New York on Thursday that the wireless charging bowl he showed off at CES 2014 would be hitting the market by the end of the year. Krzanich said that the simple bowl, which seemed like another of the many wacky innovations seen at CES that never make it to market, was the item that drew the largest reaction from the conference. 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. The revelation that the wireless charging bowl lives comes on the heels of another Intel announcement that the chip maker’s hardware will be at the center of the Mica, a new smart bracelet sold in partnership with fashion retailer Opening Ceremony. Krzanich said that the inspiration for the smart bowl came from a team member who would throw her jewelry in a bowl at the end of the day. Clearly, smart jewelry deserves a smart bowl in Krzanich’s estimation.