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NFC-Tagged Concrete Slab Charges Phones

O’Dea Design’s induction power blocks are wireless so people can simply place their devices on the surface to re-juice.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on July 24, 2013.

O’Dea Design‘s induction chargers are wireless blocks that people can rest their phones on. The #ConcreteCharger ($549) features a triangular base crafted from a concrete mix, contrasted with a soft cork top.

The #CherryCharger ($449) has a square base crafted from reclaimed black cherry and contrasted with a soft wool felt top. Both products have an integral polycarbonate “light blade” which indicates when a device is within range and the pad is in charging mode or standby mode.

NFC-Tagged Concrete Slab Charges Resting Phones

O’Dea Design’s goal was to create pieces of modern art which double as wireless induction charging pads. They are based on the Qi standard found in devices like the LG Nexus 4, Nokia Lumina 920 and Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as various cases and dongles available for other iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.

Programmable NFC tags are incorporated into the tops which can be used to change ring profiles or launch an alarm app when the NFC-enabled device is laid on the charger on a nightstand. The company is currently accepting pre-orders and will ship the products later this year.

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