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Last updated January 9, 2016

Circle: a Phone-charging Drink Coaster (Canceled)

Sip your drink and charge your smartphone in style. The most elegant and functional bamboo drink coaster ever. Designed at MIT.

Circle: a Phone-charging Drink Coaster (Canceled)

Sip your drink and charge your smartphone in style. The most elegant and functional bamboo drink coaster ever. Designed at MIT.

$13,659
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
80
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 9 2016
Last updated January 9, 2016

About

Hello, Kickstarter!
Hello, Kickstarter!
Meet Circle: the phone charging coaster
Meet Circle: the phone charging coaster
Blends seamlessly into your environmement
Blends seamlessly into your environmement

What is Circle, and why do you need it?

In the age of mobile technology, keeping your phone or other device charged has become a necessity – whether you use it for work, entertainment, or keeping in touch with your loved ones. Imagine sitting down for a drink at the end of a long day, only to realize your phone is at 10% battery life; then the hunt for your phone charger and an open wall outlet begins.

Now imagine sitting down for a drink – and plugging your nearly dead phone into your coaster. No outlets, no annoying wires, and no interruptions to your leisure time; just you, your beverage, and your news feed; and best of all, your phone is fully charged when you turn in for the evening. Sounds like magic? It’s not – it’s Circle.

Get power where you need it
Get power where you need it

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There is no better time than now to order Circle by ChefCharger, either for yourself or as a gift to your loved ones!
There is no better time than now to order Circle by ChefCharger, either for yourself or as a gift to your loved ones!

Circle is:

  • Tested: Circle has evolved from a concept proven over and over in restaurants; after many requests and with your help, this technology will soon make its way from the world’s best restaurants to your home.
  • Convenient: No cumbersome and unsightly wires; Circle comes with a beautifully designed charging base which fits three coasters and restores them to full charge in just 2 hours.
  • Safe: Circle is waterproof, so you need not worry about spills or condensation.
  • Eco-friendly: The Circle coaster is made with bamboo; the charging base is made with acacia, pine, and cherry wood; and the charging cable is made from fabric. Less plastic means a healthier environment.
  • Stylish: Choose from one of many engraved or printed designs – or have your own design engraved. The face of your dog, your business logo, your name, or anything you can think of!
  • Elegant: Circle is small and a natural element in any home, making it easy to compliment your décor.
  • Portable: Heading out to the café? Grab your Circle charging coaster!
Beautiful drink coasters for you and your loved ones
Beautiful drink coasters for you and your loved ones

In addition to the beautiful engraved designs which will be available at launch, Kickstarter backers have access to limited edition Circle sets featuring artwork by the renowned Jon Burgerman:

Samples of Jon Burgerman's art
Samples of Jon Burgerman's art


Burgerman's past collaborators include Samsung, Pepsi, CocaCola, Nike, Sony, Sky, BBC, Puma, Nintendo, MTV, Levis, Miss Sixty, and many others.

Circle in the media:

"Restaurants and bars can put these stylish and innovative little gadgets out on the tables and counters for patrons to use. I want these cool ChefCharger gadgets in restaurants I visit". Tony Bradley (TechSpective)

"While there are charging devices for public use currently on the market, none have been as stylish as these". Josiah Motley (Inventorspot)

"The brilliant minds at ChefCharger have taken two great things and have made them even better together — namely, smartphones and beer. ChefCharger has created a clever new smartphone charger that also happens to double as a coaster". Brad Reed (Boy Genius Report)

"These innovative charging stations bring an amazing feel to any place, and will surely please every tech-savvy patron". Diego Costa (Tech.Co)

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Overall, our products were featured in twenty seven TV News stories. We appreciate all the comments we have received from a lot of viewers. Your feedback helped us create Circle - a solution for home.

How Circle was born

Design sketches for Circle
Design sketches for Circle

One of the ChefCharger co-founders  noticed a persistent trend among customers at the restaurants she managed: they often requested tables near a power outlet to charge their phone. This was an “a-ha” moment for her: if guests had some way to charge their devices at every table, they could enjoy their meal without worrying about a low battery.

She didn’t want to put ugly-looking bulky boxes in the middle of the tables. She had to come up with something more elegant and natural for a fine dining environment: a charging device which would look like a stylish tabletop accessory with an additional functionality. Soon after ChefCharger was born while the two co-founders of the company were  studying at MIT.

Where it all began… The Chef’s table at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY
Where it all began… The Chef’s table at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

 It took the team about two years and five generations of the product to come up with the perfect solution. ChefCharger's first product – a line of tabletop accessories – has been used in many restaurants in New York City and received an overwhelmingly positive feedback. The only request we heard was “I wish I had it at home.

 !New Special Reward Just Added:  

We are extremely pleased to introduce a new reward: the Circle Candle Holder. It is a beautiful candle holder that doubles as a smartphone charger. It features a large 9000 mAh battery and an individual dock station. The battery is protected from spills and thermally isolated from a candle compartment to avoid heat transfer.

The candle holder shelters all common types of votive/tea lights. Enjoy your night, cozy up with an evening book anywhere in your home and charge your power hungry phone via the candle holder. Pure magic.

The original charging candle holder was developed by ChefCharger for restaurant customers. The Circle candle holder is a new generation of the device, adapted for home use.

Circle Metal Candle Holder
Circle Metal Candle Holder
This beautiful candle holder can charge your phone! What an amazing gift idea, right?
This beautiful candle holder can charge your phone! What an amazing gift idea, right?
Candle Holder with an Individual Charging Base / Dock Station
Candle Holder with an Individual Charging Base / Dock Station
Circle metal candle holder
Circle metal candle holder

Safety and Technical Specifications

Both the Circle coasters and charging base offer improved safety features, providing battery short circuit and fuse protection to safeguard you and your phone in the event of a voltage or current spike. Additionally, both offer multiple levels of protection from overcurrent, overvoltage, overcharge, and overdischarge.Note that ALL technical specifications apply to ALL coasters, regardless of design.

 The coaster:

  • Is a cross-platform charger. It is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows Phones.
  • Is equipped with autosense technology. It automatically adjusts to a device’s needs for optimum charging.
  • May be equipped with Lightning or microUSB connectors, at your choice, to suit your lifestyle and technology needs.
  • Is food safe.
  • Is waterproof. Accidents happen – you won’t have to throw away your charger if you accidentally spill your beer or coffee on it.
  • Has a 3000 mAh battery. Recharging a coaster takes about 2 hours.This is the same for all coasters.

Drink Coaster specs:

  • Diameter: 4.25 inch / 108 mm
  • Height: 0.35 inch / 9 mm
  • Weight: 3.9 ounce / 110 g
  • Input: 5V1.5A Output: 5V1.15A
  • Certifications: FCC, RoHS, CE
  • Operating Temperature: 14F – 130F(-10 – +55 C)
  • Material: bamboo wood exterior with metal walls inside

Drink Coaster Charging Base specs:

  • Suitable for all power outlets, globally
  • Size: 4.1 x 4.1 x 1.3 inch / 105 x 105 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 1/3 pound / 150 g.
  • Input voltage range: 100-240 VAC Output
  • Voltage: 5V
  • Certifications: FCC, CE, RoHS, the station is supplied with a UL-certified AC adapter (provided)
  • Material: acacia wood/pine wood/cherry exterior, fireproof plastic inside walls

Circle Candle Holder specs:

  • Diameter: 3.3 inch / 85 mm
  • Height: 4.56 inch / 116 mm
  • Weight: 12.5 ounce / 350 g
  • Input: 5V2A 
  • Output: 5V1A
  • Certifications: FCC, RoHS, CE
  • Operating Temperature: 14F – 130F(-10 – +55 C)
  • Material: metal, flame resistant plastic walls inside  

Circle Candle Holder Charging Base specs:  

  • Suitable for all power outlets, globally 
  • Diameter: 3.6 / 92mm
  • Height: 0.5 inch / 12mm
  • Weight: 0.2 pound / 100 g.
  • Input voltage range: 100-240 VAC
  • Output Output: 5V2A
  • Certifications: FCC, CE, RoHS, the station is supplied with an UL-certified AC adapter (provided)
  • Material: aluminum, fire resistant plastic inside walls

Choosing Your Circle Set

One set includes:

  • 3 Circle Chargers
  • 1 Charging Base
  • 1 AC power adapter

Each coaster in the set comes either with a lightning connector (for iPhone) or with a microUSB connector (Samsung, HTC, Windows, etc). Before shipping starts you will be given the opportunity to choose connectors for your set.

These four options will be available:

A. 3 Lightning
B. 2 Lightning + 1 microUSB
C. 1 Lightning + 2 microUSB
D. 3 microUSB

Exclusive Circle designs by the famous artist, Jon Burgerman

We are proud to announce our collaboration with the amazing Jon Burgerman! The MIT Media Lab has proven time and time again that Technology and Art can combine to produce exciting results.

Jon Burgerman has contributed his drawings for exclusive, backer-only designs on Circle by ChefCharger coasters. Jon is an artist like no other; he is world famous for his doodle art style, and works with a wide variety of art media in many styles. From abstract paintings to sculptures, he uses anything from pop media to books to question the world we live in, bring joy through humor, and inspire the world. With a Cannes Lions Advertising award and two D&AD Silver award nominations, Jon’s talent has been widely recognized. In the past, he has collaborated with Samsung, Pepsi, CocaCola, Nike, Sony, Sky, BBC, Puma, Nintendo, MTV, Levis, Miss Sixty, and many others.

Digital Themed Set by Jon Burgerman:


Burgerworld Set by Jon Burgerman:

Doodle Set by Jon Burgerman:

Thank you very much, Jon!

Close Look

Circle template designs:

More designs to come!
More designs to come!

Circle basic designs:

Production Schedule:  

We’ll ship in March 2016. Here's our schedule for Circle delivery:

  • December’15: Completion of mold refinement and production samples testing
  • February’16: Production and final assembly
  • March’16: Shipment

If You Are New To Kickstarter:

Kickstarter has the “All-Or-Nothing” rule. It means that if we don’t reach the funding goal, your money will stay in your bank account untouched. But we hope that you could share our enthusiasm, and together, we will make this project a big success story!

Also, if you want to pledge at a more than one level, choose one reward first. Then, you can manage your pledge by adding funds equal to another desirable reward. After the end of the campaign, we will send everybody a survey to make sure you get everything you paid for. If you are still confused, feel free to use the “Contact me” tab, and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

Our promise: You and your loved ones will love it!
Our promise: You and your loved ones will love it!

Our Team:

Circle is the latest project of ChefCharger, an MIT based company in Boston, MA. We all have experience as inventors. Before accepting a new team member, we ask the person about their childhood dreams and inventions. Most end up crying happy tears, remembering their tree forts and early prototypes of smart homes. We have a true feeling of family in the company.

The endless source of our team's inspiration
The endless source of our team's inspiration

But we are more than a family. We are a team of experts who believe in simplicity and beauty of everyday things. We want to make high-tech devices that will become a natural extension of our ambiance; non-invasive gizmos which you wouldn’t mind sending as a gift to your college buddy or your parents; things that create memories and bring people together.

Feel our love!
Feel our love!
                                                                

Risks and challenges

The Circle is almost ready for full-scale manufacturing and we have secured agreements with reliable partners in China and Hong Kong. We are happy with our pre-production prototypes and ready for tooling. While delays are possible, our partners assure us that we have nothing to worry about.

Choosing high quality images and appropriate colors for customizing your devices can be a bit challenging. Nonetheless, Boston’s experts will do their best to solve any problems and minimize the risks of delays so that we can promptly deliver your customized Circle devices.

The Circle product has all necessary certificates and can be shipped by air. However, as with any hardware project, there may be unpredictable obstacles. These unforeseen issues may take time to resolve, and can cause delays in delivery.

We will do everything in our power to predict and prevent all problems. We are confident that we have a strong team capable of overcoming any challenges. We will keep you updated and work hard until every Circle backer receives their Circle reward.

We are proud to present our product to the Kickstarter community.Thank you very much for your support!

Circle by the ChefCharger Team

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    CIRCLE BACKER CERTIFICATE
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    SIMPLY WOOD
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    Set of 3 coasters decorated with the laser etched DOODLE art by Jon Burgeman exclusively for the Circle Kickstarter Campaign.
    All three coasters have different drawings on the surface. It's a series of three drawings.
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    BUNDLED: CIRCLE CANDLE HOLDER and CIRCLE BASIC set
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    CIRCLE BASIC - BUNDLE of 2
    The Circle chargers for your friends or loved ones.
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    Set of 3 bamboo coasters decorated by the Famous NY Artist Jon BURGERMAN!
    Join the very exclusive circle of this limited edition design owners!

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    EXTENDED FAMILY CIRCLE
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