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Meet Biscuit – An Upgradable/Repairable Wireless Charger

by Geek Insider

Okay this is one of those that I got in email and unlike dozens per day that I delete, this one actually caught my eye and sounded like something you folks would be interested in. This is the first, and only, upgradable/repairable wireless charger and their Kickstarter campaign has gone CRAZY. Check out their press release below, it has a lot of images and info some give it a minute to load and then get over there and support the campaign and see if we can help them get over the $100k mark

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Our smartphones are built with extraordinary components: almost unbreakable minerals, sapphire coated lenses, and vapour deposited metallics. By contrast, the accessories market is awash with wholly plasticated devices, with little design and material consideration. Most of these products are filled with adhesives, making them near impossible to take apart and completely irreparable: when one component gives up, the whole device is disposed of.

Charging points are in our constant periphery; on our nightstands, kitchen tops, and workstations. It stands to reason that devices which permeate our lives should be those that we can appreciate for their design, materiality and product-lifecycle ethos.

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Biscuit is an antidote to the ill-considered accessories market. It’s encased in either zirconia-graphite, or pure zirconia: one of the hardest materials in the world. Zirconia’s toughness and thermal properties find itself in aerospace and industrial processing, but has also cropped up in the high-end watch market as a scratch resistant alternative to steel. It’s a

technical ceramic that can be moulded and machined – and is usually sintered at around 1500/2700 (C/F) degrees. Resulting in a Mohs hardness of 8 (which is 2 below diamond! [incredibly hard!!]).

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Biscuit encased in zirconia-graphite ceramic.

Biscuit is also fully – and easily – repairable. It was developed without the use of adhesives in the assembly, because adhesives either don’t age well (every laptop I’ve owned has lost at least one foot in its lifetime), or they make it difficult to reassemble components neatly. Biscuit uses a novel anchoring method to plug the silicone parts to the body, so that the entire assembly can be taken apart in less than 30 seconds.

It’s inevitable that over time the Qi standard will increase in capacity. As this occurs we will – as far as technologically possible – produce Biscuit cores that can be used to supplant their predecessors. Should for any reason future technology require more space for components, it has been designed into the product, with space allocation above the circuit board.