If you think just dropping your phone on a desk and having it start automatically charging is neat, imagine the day when electric cars can wirelessly charge by just driving down the road. The technology exists, it’s just better suited to RC cars right now, as Qualcomm demonstrates.
There are plenty of ways to do the two things that Spira does: Charge your phone and tell you the time. But there's nothing quite like the device that interaction design student Alice Robbiani has built to combine them—her inductive charger turns your iPhone into an interactive wall clock while it charges.
If you're fortunate enough to use one of the handful of smartphones that natively support the Qi wireless charging standard—or have even opted for a case that adds that functionality—MugenPower's now got a backup battery that lets you leave all your charging cables at home.
Philippe Starck is known for designs that are as functional as they are beautiful. So it's not surprising that when it came to designing a sofa, the results would include everything from privacy dividers, to accessible power outlets, to even a Powermat wireless induction charging pad. There's probably a good reason…
It's all explainable via science, but if you replace your typical cornucopia centerpiece with this floating steel plate supporting a glowing wireless candelabra, your dinner guests will be too blown away to notice your dry turkey and lumpy gravy.
Its larger form factor and bigger battery mean the iPhone 5 should last longer on a single charge. But to overcome the fact that battery technology still basically sucks, Apple has applied for a 'shake to charge' patent that uses electromagnetic induction to convert everyday motions into extra battery life.
Even though the companies involved have finally come together in a consortium and finalized a standard, wireless charging is still struggling to gain acceptance. But a new technology called adaptive resonance from Fulton Innovation promises to bridge the gaps between devices, and make wireless charging pads less…
TDK is known for designing really utilitarian, retro 80's futuristic audio equipment—black, gold, hard lines, Terminator, Burton's Batman, TDK—that encourages you to show it off without feeling like a showoff. And they've done it again. This time, with a pair of headphones that'll cradle your head and a new speaker…
The convenience of being able to charge a device without having to hunt down a power cord is certainly appealing. But convenience isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you gaze upon Strut's new LaunchPort iPad charging system.
Wirelessly charging your iPhone would be pretty great, but not with the dumb cases that inductive charging requires. That's why this mod from Tanveer is so great. A regular iPhone that charges when you set it down. The future!
Charging your phone sucks. But if all you had to do was set it down next to your laptop, which you probably do anyway, well, that wouldn't be so bad.
Inductive charging means you'll never have to plug your phone in again, and to avoid clunky add-on solutions if your device doesn't have it built in, Duracell has created this wafer thin adapter card that slips in alongside its battery.
Why would anyone want a mat that does nothing but charge phones? It's dumb and ugly and takes up space. But an alarm clock that you just set your phone down on to charge it? Yes please.
Just because a patent's filed, doesn't mean the company in question has any ambition to actually make the damn thing. Take Apple's inductive charger, which proposes wrapping headphones around a charging tower with the earbuds conducting electricity to the iPhone.
When the wireless charging standard you support is floundering and nobody wants to adopt the technology in their actual products, making a wireless mat for portable USB chargers is one dumb way to keep yourself occupied.
Wireless inductive charging is awesome. You take your gadget, set it, forget it. It's like an infomercial. Know what's even better? When Powermat and Chevy join forces to integrate the technology in your car, where it's especially useful.
Sonic, that talented hedgehog you might remember for racing around at superhedgehog speeds or flamboyantly collecting golden rings, has a new line of work. Charging Wiimotes. God only knows where Tails has ended up.
Well, it's inductive charging, not magic. But Canon's Cross Media dock looks like a particularly sweet implementation, letting you not only juice up to three cameras or camcorders sans wires, but suck down and share your pics and vids too.
True, you can charge some phones now without buying a special inductive-charging case (via their swappable batteries), but Powermat wants to work with manufacturers to put the technology into phones from the get-go.