AR-stylized wireless charging station forms custom room centerpiece: Gloo
Crowdfunding campaign uses Augmented Reality technology to let owners see just how striking the product will look in homes.
According to a press release issued by the company, "After a record-breaking success on crowdfunding platforms with $8M raised in 2017 for a sister product, smart home brand Deconnect is about to hit Kickstarter again to launch Gloo – a sleek wireless charging station that doubles as an ambient light source. Underlining the Deconnect team’s commitment to designing stylish products, Gloo is the first crowdfunding project that enables you to preview exactly how different versions of the product will look in your own home, via a unique Augmented Reality feature within the companion Deconnect app."
Gloo, originally conceived of for the home, is also suitable for use in hospitality units such as hotels, bars and restaurants where multiple charging stations are needed. Each bottle-shaped Gloo uses Deconnect's Wireless Surface Charging technology, a means of charging that is unique to Gloo and that allows devices to sit against even rounded surfaces thanks to the product’s customized and patented curved coils. Gloo is also complemented by a collection of 10W fast charging wireless pads, meticulously crafted using the finest materials, such as marble and carbon fiber, that will particularly appeal to premium smartphone owners.
Boris Brault, CEO of Deconnect, commented, “The Gloo ecosystem aims to redefine the image of mobile charging – from purely functional, and often unsightly - to something that complements today’s contemporary interiors and connected lifestyles equally. Deconnect is all about the sharp edge of the internet of things - and with Gloo, form meets function for the first time, whether you’re at home, in a bar or at an airport lounge."
Unlike existing wireless charging stations, Gloo - available in two sizes, Mini and Regular and with five finishings - seamlessly blends into any number of spaces thanks to its sleek bottle-shape, cable-free design. Boasting a 20,000 mAh battery, Gloo Regular can deliver up to eight full smartphone charges both wirelessly with Qi technology and by USB. Gloo can also be used as an ambient lighting system, controlled by mobile app, to help create specific atmosphere for surroundings. Gloo Regular will soon also be able to take panoramic photos and video thanks to its high resolution Gloo 360 Cam add-on.
“Using Kickstarter is important for us as a means to validate our product innovation, as well as being able to tap into ideas and inspiration for new, compatible accessories that we can develop and launch in 2019,” added DeConnect's Brault. Super Early Bird backers who sign up for Gloo via its Kickstarter campaign can get their hands on Gloo Mini for $59 (instead of $99) and Gloo Regular for $119 (instead of $199).