While regular people have spent the last five years wondering what’s wrong with cables, the nascent wireless charging industry has been battling over standards. Thanks to a recent industry shakeup, there are now only two different types of wireless charging for everyone to ignore.
We’ve remade the rest, now let’s remake the best. QI is the British television show that America needs—and if there’s one thing we know about America, it’s if we need something, we take it.
Rezence, Qualcomm’s horse in the wireless charging standards war, just got a neat upgrade: it will now work in phones with metal backs.
In the ‘interesting new technology’ stakes, new PC monitors normally rank just above updated versions of power strips. But when a monitor includes a built-in Qi wireless charging pad? Now we’re talking.
Cheap and easy wireless charging sounds like Nikola Tesla’s fantasy brought to life. It’s downright futuristic to think your smartphone could suck up juice just by placing it near a power source. And that’s exactly what IKEA wants to do with its new wireless charging devices. Yes, that IKEA—the Swedish furniture…
Charging cables? Who needs 'em. Smartphone makers (and even big chain coffee shops) have been clamoring for ways to ditch those tangled microUSB nuisances—and now the world's largest furniture retailer is joining the fight.
This week's Gotham involves a clown fight, the Flying Graysons, and perhaps our first real glimpse of the Joker. Vikings returns for a third season of war-filled historical fiction. Archer ends up at Area 51, Gravity Falls does a bit of ghostbusting, and a character from the comics turns up on Walking Dead.
According to a BBCA press release they'll be starting with three episodes from series J on February the 19th, but I don't know if they'll be the standard or XL versions. Slightly curious why they're starting with series J, but I assume they'll show series A to I after it's finished.
QI, the BBC show about comedians coming to grips with trivia that's even funnier than they are, has added a regular science installment. This means we get to watch everyone's favorite Harry Potter audiobook narrator make a bargain-basement lava lamp.
Courtesy of the wonderful QI Elves on Twitter, here's a graphic showing real entries in an 1848 contest for the best way to determine if someone was really dead or not. It's so good that they had the competition, how would anyone have come up with "check for heartbeat with a stethoscope" otherwise?
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…
In this clip from the documentary series Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey, the filmmakers visit qi master John Chang a.k.a. the "Magus of Java" a.k.a. the man whose nickname I want on my business cards.
Doctor Who has taken America by storm — and, amazingly enough, hasn't gotten an American remake. (Unless you count that 1996 TV movie.) What other British shows could find an appreciative audience across the pond?
Smaller, 7-inch backlit LCD/transflective displays are on their way next year claims Pixel Qi, for use in mini-tablets and ereaders. They'll be available to manufacturers early next year, and could be in our hands late 2011, if all goes well.
Inductive chargers have been kicking around for a while now, but Energizer's new charging platter is the first to utilize Qi technology—the new universal standard for inductive charging. That's one small step closer to total freedom from cables.