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The Fophie USB type C hub/wireless charger/phone stand makes over 20x its goal on Kickstarter

Fophie, the "Ultimate multi-port USB-C hub". (Source: Kickstarter)
Fophie, the "Ultimate multi-port USB-C hub". (Source: Kickstarter)
Multi-functional USB hubs have become a solid trend on crowdfunding websites, particularly those that bake additional functions into these ultrabook accessories. The Fophie is one such hub that adds wireless charging and phone-holding options to its ingredients list. It has now attracted just over 2000% of its original Kickstarter goal.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

Yootech is a brand that has made accessories for Apple and Android phones since 2014. However, its latest product is also directed at those ultrabooks that have been left with just USB type C ports in their design. The Fophie USB hub connects to one of these so as to allow the PC to connect to devices with other input types.

They include those with 4K HDMI, USB type A (with up to USB 3.1 speeds) or USB type C ports. In the latter case, the Fophie can also charge them via Power Delivery (PD) at up to 70 watts (W). The dock also has microSD and SD card slots. 

But what about phones with wireless charging? Yootech has thought about them too, by adding a Qi-compatible charger to the Fophie's top panel. This part of the dock can also tilt upward on a hinge (to a degree the brand does not specify) so as to act as a phone stand while the device in question powers cable-free.

This innovative product is provided with coils that can charge at a relatively fast rate of 15W. Therefore, it is compatible with most iPhones and Android smartphones at their best wireless rates. The Fophie has encountered great success since its initial launch on Kickstarter, having reached just over US$40000 with 18 days to go on its campaign. The stand itself starts at $59 on this platform (correct at time of writing).

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-18 (Update: 2020-07-19)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.