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New device could transform wireless charging

Co-created by a USC Viterbi alum, the ARK could change the way consumers charge their cellphones

Are you sick of phone-charging wires clogging up workspace? Tired of depending on a power socket to charge your phone wirelessly? Thanks to the ARK, a state-of-the-art charging device made by the technology company Bezalel, you may no longer have to deal with these high-tech hassles.

“It will be better than any other chargers on the market,” according to ARK co-creator Frank Wu MA ’12, who graduated with a master’s in mechanical engineering.

It’s easy to use, stable, reliable and fits into your everyday life.

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The device, which is expected to come to market soon, charges phones through a process known as magnetic induction — place a cellphone on top of the ARK, and it will immediately begin charging. The wireless device, which is small enough to fit in pockets, comes with a case for iPhones and a patch for Samsung phones.

The ARK, a state-of-the-art wireless charging device

The ARK will retail for $79.99. (Photo/courtesy of USC Viterbi)

“They act like receivers to enable wireless charging, but future iterations of phones will not require a case and patch to charge,” said Jam Isaga, one of the co-founders of Los Angeles-based Bezalel.

ARK, which works with current-generation iPhones, Android devices and Google Nexus tablets, comes in white and black.

According to Gadget Review, an online tech website, “It’s easy to use, stable, reliable and fits into your everyday life — all without the need for annoying cords, making your life way simpler.”

Wu co-founded the company in early 2013 with several colleagues, including USC Viterbi graduate Ling-Wei Tong, who oversees product research and development.

The company is named after the biblical engineer of the Ark of the Covenant. The device is named after the Ark itself that was said to contain the tablets of the Ten Commandments.

The ARK will sell for $79.99 on the company’s website. In the future, the company plans to showcase the device at electronics exhibitions.

“We are very excited about this project. We have more ideas to bring out later that will be about more than just wireless charging,” Wu said. “We believe the following five years is where wireless charging will start to find its place at the center stage of electronics and mobile devices.”

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