The Smart Bowl is a neat idea and to many it feels like a familiar experience, having all the useless tech and non-tech items in a random bowl in the house. Instead of throwing smartphones, watches and anything else in the bowl to rot, Intel believes they have a solution that would charge all the tech products.
Implementation of the Smart Bowl may a lot harder, not only does Intel have their own wireless standard for the device, it would require third party device manufacturers to actually add the wireless charging technology onto their devices, something we cannot see a lot of them doing, unless Intel’s Smart Bowl is a massive hit with consumers.
There is one way to really make the Smart Bowl compatible and that would be making it Qi standard wireless charging. This way, most all smartphones running wireless charging would be compatible with the Smart Bowl and Intel could still first party manufacturer and sell the device.
This is part of Intel’s “make everything smart” project and they have kickstarted it off with Edison and Quark. The chip and computer are small enough to fit in just about any device or non-tech product and could be used by thousands of different industries, looking to make their products smart.
If Intel doesn’t grab onto the idea and fly, we may see another company or even a Kickstarter project make the Smart Bowl a reality. Lots of people seem to be interested in the idea and even though they may not become buyers, it shows that consumers like the Smart Bowl more than Jarvis or any of the other features in Intel’s CES keynote.