A very Tesla Christmas: The tree that lights itself

This holiday buy a Christmas tree that can be lit without any power cords.

I know, I know, it's not even Halloween yet, but this wireless LED-powered tree is too Crave-worthy to wait until 12:01 a.m. Nov. 1 (or whenever Starbucks deems it appropriate to start slinging gingerbread lattes) to blog.

Powercast
Powercast

The Wireless Christmas Tree from Front Gate nixes wires and uses radio frequencies to transmit energy from a power source to the LED (light-emitting diodes) bulbs on the tree. The tree comes in a golden urn and stands 4.5 feet high. It's available starting today for $395.

For several reasons, this tree is an excellent candidate for something I like to call "auto-gifting" (buying yourself presents). Besides having a gadget disguised as a holiday decoration, it also means more freedom in decorating since the tree can be planted smack in the middle of any room.

The wireless power technology that enables this was hatched by Powercast, which first showed off its concept at CES 2007 . The Pittsburgh company teamed with Philips--which makes LEDs--on this one.

Something tells me this would make Nikola Tesla proud.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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