The promise of wireless charging—dispensing with cables and plugs and ports—has loomed large on the horizon for literally decades now. And in the last few years, a variety of companies have introduced various charging solutions for phones, tablets, laptops, and other gadgets.
But none are quite as convenient as we'd like. And while we continue to wait for Apple to add wireless charging to the iPhone (and every other phone company to then follow suit soon thereafter), we might have just found one of the most interesting wireless charging options around.
The MotherBox, an Indiegogo campaign, isn't like any other wireless charger you've seen. It's not a pad you must lay your gadget on, nor is it a magnetic device that has to snap onto your device. Instead, it's a weird, sorta-futuristic-looking geodesic sphere that radiates invisible power all around it. Just plop your phone down anywhere near the MotherBox, and it starts charging. No tether, no charging pad. Nothing at all.
Indeed, there's even a MotherBox mini—a smaller, battery-powered version that you can throw in a backpack to charge your phone even as you carry and use it, on the go.
According to the campaign, the MotherBox can charge your device up to 15 or 20 feet away--so in many cases, it should charge even when you're using the device anywhere in the same room. The MotherBox Mini works more than 5 feet away.
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Like any third-party charging solution, MotherBox requires you to modify your phone (or other device) so it can get powered wirelessly. Unlike some other solutions, though, this one doesn't require a custom case that only works with some phones. Instead, you plug a wafer-thin antenna into the phone's power port and then it lies under the case you already have. It's compatible with a wide range of gadgets from Apple, Samsung, HTC, Google, Huawei, and more.
The MotherBox is an intriguing gadget and one we are quite excited about. Eventually, all portable devices will charge wirelessly, right out of the box. In the meantime, MotherBox could be a great solution. It's already far surpassed its $25K goal and the campaign promises to start shipping in September 2017.
Pledges start at: $79
Campaign ends: 3/16/2017