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Coming soon to the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8? Levitating phone charging

It’s normally pretty important for your phone to remain grounded whilst charging, but a new Kickstarter project challenges that assumption.

Electrical jokes aside (aren’t they just the best?), the OvRcharge charger is an intriguing prospect – if a somewhat gimmicky one.

What appears to be a stand made out of a solid block of wood is actually an advanced charger station. By utilising the accompanying phone case, you can place your phone into a suspended position a couple of inches above the station. It will even enter a controlled spin to heighten the ‘Jedi powers’ effect.

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The OvRcharge works using ‘magnetic levitation’ to keep the phone suspended, and induction charging to charge it without the need for physical contact.

It works with a whole host of phones, including all iPhones from the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C upwards, as well as a number of the latest handsets from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Huawei.

At the time of writing, the OvRcharge project was within CA$1,000 of its CA$40,000 Kickstarter goal with 13 days left to go, so funding looks likely. Pledging $239 will secure you an OvRcharge kit, which bundles in one charge case.

Is this the future of smartphone charging? Will the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 be floating above our bedside tables at night? Something tells us they won’t be, but it’s an appealing thought.

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What’s the coolest thing about the OvRcharge – the floating phone or the contact-free charging? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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