Inductive charging, allowing you to charge a gadget just by placing it on a non-electrocuting surface, is a pretty neat parlor trick. But you're still putting a gadget on a charger. This DIY mod, however, trades synthetic chargers for wood.

Using a hacked Powermat, this plank of wood becomes a full capable inductive charger. Why do I find this so superior to the original product? Most tables are built from wood, and this technique would allow a tabletop, with no special gimmicks on top, to charge your gadgets.

And it's the potential for passive, seamless integration that makes inductive charging so attractive to me, not just the lack of plugs. [Instructables via CrunchGear]