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Orée Pebble 2 is a beautiful natural material Qi charger looking for Kickstarter backers

Orée Pebble 2 Qi charger

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.

Orée Pebble 2 Qi charger kickstart

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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Zeroplanetz says:

I would so do this. Unfortunately its att that is holding me back from supporting this. There lack of qi support is killing me slowly.

nuprotocol says:

Likewise. You sound like a 1520 owner like myself.

My poor 1520...

Zeroplanetz says:

No I have a 920 currently but my once my upgrade is here will my next phone have qi? I'm not investing that much money for a charger I can't use. Because I want it built in like my 920. Not buy some case I don't like or want.

The Pebble 2 is not only a wireless charger but a Bluetooth Speaker that can be used for voice calls. It might just be worth it in case your next phone does have wireless charging. Even if it doesn't it's a nice looking speaker.

This is one of the few times I actually feel bad for at@t Windows phone users. Hopefully they will bring Qi support soon.

jjmurphy says:

I came here to express this as well.

carlos12001 says:

Step over to the other shitty side at Verizon...lol

db4williams says:

So funny and so true! Lol

toyotast165 says:

All I can think of my palm pre :(

radde says:

As a carrier free phone user I do not really understand how a carrier can prevent one from using a function that for my understanding is already in the hardware like Qi support; which is in all Lumia phones.

So how is your carrier preventing you from using it? I really do not get this.

Zeroplanetz says:

Because in America, att the carrier that is has had the qi hardware removed from all the newer Lumia phones since they punked out and went with pma. Most people in America go carrier locked because we don't get a discount on plans if we buy our phones out right. So we opt for the discounted phone. Which in the end screws us consumers over anyways.

radde says:

Well, that truly sucks. I feel with you guys. I hope for you that there are some laws made to prevent such a bullshit in the future.

At least they don't force you to pay up more money after your contact is over to unlock your phone. Even though the service fees are already high

AT&T kept us from using Data Sense, also. I'm fearful for the moment they push out their version of 8.1

At least they don't block vpn to provide their own special apn

Marco Gomes1 says:

Or I could just make one :-)

ashram says:

the cost is a bit high, but looks amazing.... yeah, now if AT&T qould just go QI instead of PMA.

guillams says:

A bit, a bit? Sure, a bit!

majohnny says:

Insane pricing. I feel like all of the wireless chargers are overpriced, though. At least if you are not getting those deals in the US

Yeah if it supported resonant qi then it'd be worth it

It's also a Bluetooth speaker.

great pic. makes the live tile look good. haha just saying

NIST says:

The charger shouldn't be 1/3 the price of the phone and 4x heavier. Something is wrong.

carlos12001 says:

Right, so overpriced, its disgusting.

NIST says:

When this charging thing gets to be a $19 item at Amazon, then I'm interested.

db4williams says:

Yeah, over two hundy for a charging rock. Who the f%&k would pay that? I can think of much better ways of spending my hard earned money.

lippidp says:

But it's "artisanly crafted!" hahaha. Making up new words ain't gonna get me to fork over cash, sorry...

John20212 says:

I agree the price is high, but in this case it might not be 'overpriced' since it is made in France and it's hand made. It's not like it's a mass production operation in China.

But still I would have to be rolling in money before spending that much on a charger. It's probably aimed as a luxury item for the rich, anyway.

 

ashram says:

price is insane, but the weight is due to the materials... especially the marble variant.

I agree id rather hold out for one of those new spec qi chargers then waste it on a novelty trinket like this

isi mcf says:

$225!!! No thanks, I like my $25 wireless charger from Nokia.

SomeGuy11 says:

Too bad ATT, MS, & Nokia are killing Qi

Mark Wright1 says:

No its just a US big business thing
The versions shipped to the remaining 95% of the
World get Qi.

Its happening in Canada aswell no retailer has them here. Guess we can blame palms overpriced touchstoned for that & bad timing for the 1st gen powermat with its addon packs that arent sold anymore ie nds

Ejay Lozano says:

Reasons to stick with your Lumia 920 a bit longer. AT&T - altering technology & torture. Verizon customers don't have to worry, they can use the product...

vFlagR says:

Piece of wood + Small speaker + Wireless charger = 250$? How does that even add up?

John20212 says:

My guess would be: paying worker 10 euro per hour, let's say one unit at leasurely pace takes 12 hours thats 120 eur so thats $165 then add to that the cost of materials, if the thing is made from a single piece of high quality wood, that is not cheap either, plus the cost of the electronic components, plus shipping costs, plus Tax, and you are easily at $250. Also don't forget they also want to make some profit, so.....

 

TechFreak1 says:

Plus any retail business needs to make a profit to survive.

920Walker says:

The headline is comical. I can turn out a chunk of wood in a lathe for one USD and make a profit. A round slug of wood or marble is not elegant. Kickstarter is for azz clowns. Get a patent and some legit backing and you have a decent product.

apocacrux says:

The speaker and microphone seem redundant because your phone is right there on top of it, with its own speaker and microphone...

In India we are getting the phones battery charged through BTS...means mobile towers...how good is that ..u don't even have put the phone to charge.....just get it at a coverage area and its charged....wave charging battery...

Sounds like what qi was showing vaguely @ ces. To to bad resonant qi isnt ready for home use yet

makarand14 says:

Where in India is this? I'm curious to know more. Which operator too?

addz77 says:

I like the jump from $5 to $200

Pranay Nanda says:

There are other similar. better and cheaper options for the same minus the speaker. For example, QiPack and QHARTZ.

MOBILE FLASH says:

Far better QHARTZ is beautiful and best price
Already pre-order mine :-)

http://kck.st/1nPjgvp