Epiphany One Puck: Have Your Beverage, and Charge Your Phone, Too

When I first saw this, I thought it was just another one of those silly USB cup warmers. I’m sure all of us have owned one at some point, either because we saw it and thought it would be nice or because some well-meaning friend or relative gave us one as a present. They work… kinda. But they’re certainly nothing to write home about, and it’s a rare garage sale when I don’t see one on offer.

This, though, this is a whole different animal. It doesn’t keep your beverage hot, nor does it keep your beverage cold (although it does have a side for each of those). Instead, it acts as a coaster. So now you’re thinking, “What, I need a coaster? Why would I pay for one of those when I have fast food napkins by the dozen?” But wait, there’s more! When you place either a piping hot beverage on the hot side or a freezing cold beverage on the cold side, the One Puck transforms that heat or cold into charging power for your phone.

You’re paying attention now, aren’t you? I thought so. Because it’s true. Simply putting the beverage of your choice on the correct side of the One Puck can charge your phone. It delivers up to one amp of power to compatible connected USB devices (drawing 1000 mA or less), including Android and iPhones.

This is a Kickstarter project, so there really isn’t a whole lot of tech specs available. But if you want to get in on the ground floor, you’ll need to pledge at least $99.00 US. Suggested retail for these is going to be around $150.00, so by pledging now you save yourself quite a bit of money. If they make their goal, delivery is expected in March 2014. You have until April 6 to pledge and help them make this a reality.


Source: Ubergizmo

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