A wireless charging future is still pretty far away, but we're getting closer step by step. As part of a pilot program in Boston, Starbucks is going to start building wireless charging stations into 17 of its stores and putting them in the tabletops.
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.
For those of you who prefer the inductive charging lifestyle, PowerMat now offers a charging pad and accompanying case for the iPhone 4.
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.
Not only the nowire lamps look like delicious giant Oreos, but they can attach to any surface using a built-in suction cup and charge wirelessly using any Powermat surface.
Powermat already makes a portable, tri-fold version of their induction charger. But it's only a bit portable, as you have to plug the thing in. Their latest Powermat is loaded with a lithium ion battery so you can charge anywhere.
They stormed their way into our hearts last year, and at CES this week have announced a further line of products, throwing out the $40 cases needed per phone with their new swappable batteries.
We've looked at wireless, inductive chargers in the past, but none of them had a commercial quite as fun as the Powermat. It almost tempts us to spend $100 on it along with the extra $40 per special case.