I'm stumped. Do I press this and slip down the rabbit hole into a magical tree-filled land?
We don’t know what you’ve been smoking, but no. It might look like a button to activate entry into a fairytale land, but the Orée Pebble 2 is a little more real world. If you have a wood fetish and are in search of a multi-tasking charging device, you’re in luck.
How wood you know about my liking for all things bark?
So we are barking up the right tree afterall. Anyway, back to the subject, the Pebble 2 is the perfect addition to every wood connoisseur's domestic landscape. Crafted in southern France, the device is made of fine French walnut or tilia wood to fit into your industrial-style loft. There’s also a white Carrare marble version if you’re all for the Roman bathhouse look.
Okay, my inner woodophile is satisfied. Now, pique my inner geek
Thought you’d never ask. Most importantly, the Pebble 2 is a wireless charger that also plays music and enables you to answer your calls hands-free thanks to the embedded Bluetooth speaker and microphone. We're talking a 5W loudspeaker to reach into the corners of your home and a sensitive microphone to cancel out the white noise in your background.
Wireless charging based on the Qi standard?
Good on you, you know your stuff. Yes, the same technology that feeds the Google Nexuses, Nokia Lumias, and Samsung devices in your life.
But I use an iPhone
Lucky for you, the Orée circle is all inclusive. Power sleeves (in leather, no less) are available for iPhones 5 and 5S to enable wireless charging as it should, because the Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Excuse me, it’s time to go smash the piggy bank
Now would be a good time to practice your stay-and-wait because funding for the Pebble 2 is just getting started. Make an early contribution of US$225 (S$285) and you might land the fancy Kickstarter edition with engraved artwork to up your geek cred, or add US$50 (S$65) for the marble.