Swich wireless charger base looks for funding via Kickstarter

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A company called Lutman Design is seeking funds, via a Kickstarter campaign, for Swich, a wireless charger base for smartphones that use the Qi standard.

Lutman claims that Swich is different than other charging stations due to the way smartphones can be used while connected to the stand. It states:

We designed a visually attractive and highly usable stand that enables you to place your phone under a viewer-friendly angle. It positions the device firmly enough for you to use all the buttons and slide over the touch screen, while your phone charges cordlessly.

The Swich will use ceramic materials for the bottom of the charger as well as the smartphone base, with the middle stand made out of American dark walnut. Microsuction tape will be used to hold the smartphone in place.

The company is looking to raise a relatively modest $25,000 to begin production of the Swich and so far they have raise well over half of that amount with 24 days to go in their Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of $140 will be enough to get one of the Swich units, and the larger reward tiers offer black, white and even gold and silver plated versions of the stand.

While the iPhone does not natively support Qi chargers, Lutman states, "We have prepared our own Qi compatible iPhone case just for that situation. You can add $10 to your pledge and we will provide you with a proper receiver case for the Swich stand."

What do you think of the Swich and do you think it will be a solid wireless charger for the iPhone?

Thanks to Chis C for the tip!

Source: Swich on Kickstarter

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Earless Puppy says:

So their brilliant kickstarter idea is place an angle on the charger. I wish the angle was invented years ago. Amazing... Next they are gonna ask for funding so we can learn angles of a triangle, maybe b2+b2=c2..
This is innovation... Haha not

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isteal says:

I've never really understood why wireless charging was that big a deal. It's pretty easy to plug in a lightning cable. If it could wirelessly charge just by conducting energy off of a metal surface or something, now that would be sweet. But if I have to still purchase a wireless charging base & case, then I'm just going to plug in the lightning cable.

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Earless Puppy says:

Now everytime I read about WiFi charging that catches my attention, having your phone just charge without a needed base.

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Earless Puppy says:

That's a kickstarter project, not a existing tech made at a angle. I'll go to Home Depot get a pair of pliers and a vice to give any current charger a angle without a 25k project

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Sohail Shaikh says:

Its expensive at $170 ... the custom Qi PCB that they are talking about can be ordered on eBay for $9.. I used it for my home project. The whole project cost me no more than $20

The design and all is cool and would be worth it if it were to sell for $35 to $45

DIY Qi PCB http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Qi-Wireless-Charger-PCBA-Circuit-Board-With-...

nit wit says:

Booooooshit don't waste your money

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hakoreh says:

The tlyt vu already does this and looks like that similar