Wireless charging has been around for a little while, and it’s convenient for mobile phone users — you do not have to actually plug in a telephone to charge it.
The way it works is that a base station creates an electromagnetic field, which goes via the exterior of the telephone and electrifies an internal charger, hence charging the telephone. The feature is available as an option sold individually for the majority of the phone handsets which support it. It’s also possible to buy an external case for a number of phones, such as the iPhone, which provides it wireless charging capability.
Wireless charging for different devices has been around for quite a while. If you have an electric toothbrush, for example, it probably charges wirelessly.
In the future you will not have to consciously charge your mobile phone. Just setting it down on a table, table, coffee table or desk will charge it, as a wireless charger will be built into every surface you might place your phone on.
Companies are making new progress toward that goal, and wireless charging tables are all showing up in public places. A few Starbucks outlets in Silicon Valley have begun integrating wireless charging channels to the tables. McDonald’s is testing using wireless charging in Europe. General Motors, Toyota and Chrysler are planning to supply wireless charging to a 2014 model automobiles.
Multipurpose devices such as lamps and clock radios may perform dual duty as charging channels also. And also a few baby steps toward home tables that are commercially accessible and countertops that charge gadgets are in the works. DuPont, for example, intends to embed wireless charging technology to its Corian synthetic granite counters; gadgets can be charged by simply putting them on the surface.
This feature highlights the electromagnetic permeability of Corian, which granite doesn’t have. DuPont imagines a world where kitchen counters, dining room tables, toilet sink counters, bedside tables and coffee tables have an option for wireless charging.
Cegano Smart Table
The Cegano Smart Table integrates wireless charging technology from Qi. It is also able to support up to six HTMI input signal, so everybody can connect to one screen or projector and switch between them via touchpads integrated to the tabletop.
The tabletop surface was created so liquids can not flow to the built-in electronic equipment.
Tunto LED8 Lamp
The Tunto LED8 table lamp is a fashionable LED lamp with a wide, flat base which charges electronic equipment placed upon it. The lamp turns on with a touch.
A lamp is a excellent location for wireless charging, since you’re going to plug it into the wall anyway, and lamps tend to exist in places where it’s natural to put your phone down, including a bedside table or home office desk.
Glowdeck – $100
Glowdeck has been financed via Kickstarter; it’s a clock radio which wirelessly charges gadgets. The device also pays attention to alarms coming to the telephone, and may use light and sound to alarm you. You may even use voice control via Siri or Google Now, in the event that you already use those services on your cell phone.
If you’re playing music from your phone, it will play it louder and clearer through the Glowdeck’s speakers. The device will even glow and blink to the beat.
The future of wireless charging is here, but just barely. Just a few devices are slowly emerging. The most important point to check before you buy is that your specific devices are encouraged.
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