And Turns it Into a Wire-Free Speaker

This Crazy Gadget Charges Your Echo Dot With Light

November 16, 2018 Tech By

Wi-Charge is a super interesting company that makes “long-range wireless power technology” and products that utilize it. For instance, the company just announced a Wireless Power Kit for Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini. It works like a traditional transmitter-and-receiver system, but the technology actually beams infrared light to the battery dock that then keeps the smart speaker powered on. Yes, it charges via light. The end result essentially lets you use either smart speaker throughout your house without needing to be plugged into the wall (as long as it’s still connected to wi-fi and within range to the Wi-Charge receiver).

That said, these Wi-Charge kits for Echo Dot and Google Home Mini are still in the prototype stages, so you can’t purchase them just yet. But we expect to hear more about them at CES 2019.

Today in Gear

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories. Read the Story

Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

More by Tucker Bowe | Follow on Instagram · Twitter · Contact via Email
Start Your Week
with Daybreak
Productivity hacks, coffee recommendations, workweek style inspiration and more.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive email correspondence from us.