Place your wireless-charge-enabled phone on this Oregon Scientific induction charging pad, set the alarm clock and go to bed. In the morning you’ll wake up with a charged phone, a weather report and hopefully a refreshed attitude.
Oregon Scientific’s advice for wirelessly charging your smartphone easily: Sleep on it.
The company’s $129 Time and Wireless Charging Station+, introduced at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, is a slim combination wireless charging pad with a built-in alarm clock and a weather station with indoor and outdoor temperature sensors.
The unit uses the Qi wireless standard to charge compatible devices–or devices like an iPhone outfitted with a Qi-compatible charging sleeve—via induction. Qi is the wireless charging standard adopted by the Wireless Power Consortium. This standard has been adopted by companies such as Energizer, Motorola Mobility, HTC and others, thus assuring that you won’t be locked into a particular manufacturer for wireless power.
If you’re the type that wakes up slowly, the Oregon Scientific Time and Wireless Charging Station+ can project the time and temperature on your bedroom ceiling so you can see just how late you are as your senses start to come back to you. Charging time depends on the device and battery capacity. Most current smartphones require an extra-cost Qi-compatible sleeve to work with a Qi wireless charger.
The unit was awarded a CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award.
Text Copyright 2012, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features
Photos courtesy of Oregon Scientific