WOODIE | All-in-one Italian Power Hub.
Marble, Wood and Concrete create the First Design Power Hub you can brag about. With Wireless charging, AC sockets and USB ports.
Tired of hiding power-strips out of sight and struggling to use them? Woodie is what you need to have power exactly where you need it.
Woodie will enrich any space and bring power at a very close reach.
For the first time, all the main charging methods are offered by a single device. Two AC Sockets with grounding provide power to any electronics: from the least consuming to the most consuming appliances. Fast charging USB ports provide the optimal power flow to all smartphones and tablets. The Qi module allows wireless charge for a lean charging experience.
The result is a whole new perspective in technology and style that is undeniably Italian.
Materials are the core of Woodie. Marble, Wood and Concrete crafted by wise Italian Craftsmen upgrade a simple object into a piece of design. Thanks to its nice dresses, Woodie will enrich any space and location.
Designed in Italy, Woodie's frames are made of sustainably sourced National Walnut and Oak. The marble is sourced from top quality caves in Carrara (Tuscany) and Levanto (Liguria).
With the goal to minimize the waste, we offer a Zero-Waste Reward. It consists of Woodie's leftover material. Polished wooden or marble square totem elegantly marked with the material description and source information. The totem can be used as paperweight, bookend, or for decorative reasons.
The frames are entirely sourced and manufactured in Italy. We accurately selected our suppliers to obtain an optimal final product able to enhance the unique properties of the materials.
When it comes to the quality of the electronics, Woodie makes no compromises and embeds only top quality components and boards.
Woodie comes with four socket versions: Type B (US), Type F (EU), Type G (UK) and what we call the World Wide Woodie able to receive plugs from 150+ Countries around the World.
Every Woodie will come with 5 feet power cord (1,5m) and a plug of the same Type as the socket it mounts. For the World Wide Woodie it is possible to choose among the plugs available (US, UK, EU, AUS).
At the end of the campaign we will collect the information about the sockets and plugs with a survey. So, no worries. We'll make sure that you receive the Woodie appropriate to your Country!
Woodie wirelessly transmits power to smartphones by following the Qi wireless charging standard technology. Gain power for your smartphone simply by resting it on Woodie.
In case your smartphone does not support the Qi wireless charging standard, it can adapt by connecting a correct type of Qi wireless receiver.
Dual Usb Ports
Woodie embeds dual-USB charging ports allowing 2 portable device charging at the same time with a total 3 Amp combined.
The ports are efficient and energy saving, as they interrupt the current flow when not in use or when the device is fully charged.
Micro Suction pads are bonded to the bottom surface of Woodie. The surface of these pads are covered with millions of microscopic suction cups. This material will grip to any clean, smooth, non-porous surface with incredible force and does not leave any residue when removed.
It seems a simple feature but it changes the paradigm when using a power hub. In fact, thanks to the Micro Suction, Woodie allows you to easily plug and unplug with a single hand, avoiding dangerous and inconvenient moves.
We have been working hard on Woodie for the past year. The design and functionality have evolved during several product iterations. Our goal was to give birth to the nicest and most usable Woodie possible.
At Milan Design Week 2015 we publicly launched the product during an incredible event. We were amazed by the positive reactions and this helped us to collect useful feedback to improve Woodie even further.
Based in Milano, the city known for design and fashion, Woodie Milano is a consumer technology company whose mission is the marriage of design and technology. Beautiful materials and effortless technology in one. Woodie blends Italian style, the finest materials and cutting edge technology to build real world products that are elegant, effortless and extraordinarily useful.
We selected our suppliers accurately to be sure to make the best final product we could. Apart from the electronics which field is dominated by Asia nowadays, the rest of Woodie is entirely sourced, manufactured and assembled in Italy.
Our First Italian Suppliers:
The Red Sign Lab, INGANNI - Laboratori di Falegnameria, Camillo Remuzzi ( REMUZZI Marmi ), Carlo Piccinelli ( CREACemento ), Arrigo Pelizzola ( Pelizzola S.r.l. ), Rizzardo Puzzo ( PUZZO Ceramiche ), MIN-TEC Industriale, Toni Podda ( ETI ),
Risks and challenges
DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURING:
During pre-production, we have developed numerous prototypes which have been rigorously tested. WOODIE is now being designed for manufacturing in order to create an optimal final product. However, we are aware that our WOODIE may face internal changes to meet manufacturing and certification requirements, most of which we have already been taken into account. We will keep our supporters up to date with the latest production news about Woodie.
Appliances that embed high voltage current requires safety regulations. We already went through the preliminary analysis with UL and implemented the safety requirements they provided. As soon as we have the final product manufactured we will go through the entire certification process required to get WOODIE approved and certified by the main certification bodies.
Bringing and keeping together all suppliers is a complex activity and involves many people, parties and components. We have already established solid relations with the manufacturers of marble, wood and concrete. The electronic boards have been drawn and are ready for mass production. We are working hard to have things running smoothly. However, things may not go as planned and it can lead to modifications along the product line and result in delays. We took this into consideration avoiding to commit ourselves to Christmas shipping. We will keep our backers informed of any changes.
WE ARE READY FOR THE ROAD AHEAD!
We have been working full time for the last few months to create Woodie. We are committed to turn Woodie into a piece of design present in every house. We are ready to face any challenges that may pop up along the way. Adapt to new circumstances is perhaps the best Italian quality and we will leverage it at the max. However, we realise creating an amazing hardware product is a highly complicated process. Therefore, we promise complete transparency and we will communicate on a regular basis with our backers. If you have any feedback and suggestions to improve Woodie, they are more than welcome.
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