03
Jan
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Think back to how annoying it was the last time you sat down on a couch without access to a power outlet. What about that chair situated in the awkward corner of the living room? College kids stuck on the top bunk - you know the feeling I'm talking about. We have these increasingly powerful Android devices without batteries large enough to hold a decent charge, and far too often having access to a power outlet is more important than aesthetics or comfort. Well here's yet another Kickstarter project that promises to scratch this itch, and no, it doesn't involve anything as quirky as strapping a battery to your ankle. Meet Power Pillow, a product that promises to recharge more than just your body the next time you take a nap.

The Power Pillow is a soft cushion with a 12,000mAh battery pack tucked away inside. It looks ideal for sofas, but there's no reason you couldn't toss one onto a bean bag, bed, car seat, picnic table, or anywhere else you might be stranded with a dying smartphone. The battery pack has two USB ports for multiple devices, and when it gets low, you're free to swap out the dying battery for a fresh one. The pillow's fabric will also apparently be "soft, durable, heat resistant, dissipate warmth, dissipate static and [able to] shield EMF."

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As usual, what you get depends on how much you pledge. For $42 CAD (roughly equal to $40 USD), early buyers can get a Power Pillow with a single 12,000mAh battery. $47 CAD can snag one with two, and pledging at least $69 CAD nets seven designs to choose from.

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The aforementioned early bird specials come with free shipping for buyers in the US or Canada, with everyone else having to pay the full shipping cost at time of checkout. The final product is expected to ship out this March.

Power Pillow has currently acquired roughly one-third of its $30,000 fundraising goal. If you're interested in helping out, there are 33 days left to become a backer.

Power Pillow: The phone and tablet charging system for all

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • h4rr4r

    $80? Really? $80? For a $15 battery and a $5 throw pillow?
    If you have all the room of a pillow why not use cells that will last a lot longer than any Li-on pack? Power density is clearly not an issue here.

    • jayray78

      Obviously you haven't tried to buy throw pillows recently. Even the cheap ones at Ikea are $15 now.

      • mustbepbs

        Try Walmart next time.

        • Jay8

          Some dollar stores have them too...

          • mustbepbs

            Yeah, and this guy is complaining that pillows at Ikea are expensive.

            No duh.

      • h4rr4r

        Try buying them buy the gross or more like these folks are doing.

    • brenbren

      Please point me in the direction of a $15 12,000mAh external battery pack.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Nothing says comfort like a pillow packing a car battery inside.

      • Arlene

        Agreed, why can't a person just lay their head on the battery pack??... I don't get it.

      • h4rr4r

        Or maybe NIMH cells in the center. They would last years and not be that big.

  • TY

    What makes this special? Just regular external battery packs with a pillow with an opening.
    At first I thought it can generate energy when you sleep... not.

    • mustbepbs

      Kickstarter: Where people with awful ideas congregate to try to sucker people in to buy half ideas.

      Also see: Ouya

  • wade

    wow. just wow.

  • Nick

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    1. a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business.

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      ☤☤☤☤ ☤☤☤☤୔☤ ☤☤☤☤ ☤☤☤☤☤I put my battery pack inside my pillow and closed the zipper on the pillow cover. I will now proceed to sell this "innovation" on Kickstarter.

      • Franco Rossel

        No, it doesn't matter you try to say something relevant. We shall give you dislikes anyways.

  • Matthew Merrick

    I thought at first this was something fancy that used heat or compression from your head or something to charge a battery. The actual product? I am disappoint.

    • Mike Reid

      What I assumed too, LOL.

      I've seen enough burnt and exploded Lithium batteries that I can't imagine sleeping on one.

  • Cory_S

    These kind of things are not suppose to cost more than 19.95, and usually come in packs of 3 of you call quickly enough. There is probably a law on it.

  • Steve Schneider

    If strangling yourself in your sleep doesn't work you still have a good chance of blowing up your head while you nap! Getting one of these IMMEDIATELY!

  • Udayan Banerji

    I put my battery pack inside my pillow and closed the zipper on the pillow cover. I will now proceed to sell this "innovation" on Kickstarter.

    I will then sell a power pajama, a power hoodie and a power toliet paper holder.

    • Mike Reid

      Take my money and subscribe me to your newsletter, LOL.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I hate all these different random products with batteries built into them. When external batteries are common, and almost always better than any YOU (whoever you are) can make, as well as cheaper, why do I need one permanently tethered to your random object that I'll only use in specific circumstances?

    Make me a pillow with a pocket in it and a conduit hole for a charging cable and leave the charger up to me. Boom, $15 pillow, and ANY BATTERY I WANT.

    This goes the same for backpacks, jackets, messenger bags, etc., etc., etc. I can get each item separately cheaper AND better. Just make the thing without the battery with an easy way for me to put a battery in it and use it. The end.

  • AmicusBrief

    Bad idea begging for litigation. Perhaps, wireless suppository charging is next...

  • hp420

    too bad qi doesn't work 2 feet away. this would be a much better solution than having a portable usb battery. that's just lazy, imho.

  • Claw

    40$ for a (probably bad) pillow with an external battery in it. WHY do they need 30k $ funding for this shit? Up next, condoms with battery packs built it ...

    • Ronda

      True, the only redeeming thing about is I think the pillow is made in the USA.

    • VoiceofSky

      hmm,Have sex,charge phone?.. sounds awesome to me :)

  • Mado

    Recharge an iPhone or an iPad, because those are the only devices you own if you buy this kind of stuff.

    • HrrDrr

      And remember the research that said iPhone owners are more intelligent than android users

  • Joseph Cascio

    I'm ashamed to see this on Android Police. I read the whole thing thinking AP would rip this Kickstarter to shreds like they do with every other stupid product that tried to snap money up using the fundraising technique. But no, it is literally just an ad asking you to go and support it if you like. I am very disappointed. I thought AP was better than the rest.

  • Marcell Lévai

    When I saw the title, I thought that the pillow is able to recharge your devices with the energy it gets from your body warmth or something like that, and I got all excited. Meh.

  • Asfalioth

    WTF, listen to this.... Their "stretch goal" is (directly from kickstarter)

    "These are our big dreams. We believe Power Pillow has a place in everyone's home. With your help spreading the word, we can get there!

    Batteries in black: $200,000

    The Power Pillow batteries look sensational in white, but black is sooo slimming. Help us reach our goal of making them in black as well. $200,000 raised will unlock the batteries in black option."

    lol, is it April already?

  • jordonvuz355

    my Aunty Amelia got a new blue Land Rover
    LR4 only from working part time off a home computer... helpful hints B­i­g­2­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • smeddy

    1) Buy power pack
    2) Buy pillow
    Insert 1) in 2)