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WildCharger: Powering devices wirelessly

WildCharger's product charges electronic devices (like mobile phones and music players) when they are placed on a surface the size of a mouse pad.

WildCharger's product charges electronic devices (like mobile phones and music players) when they are placed on a surface the size of a mouse pad.

An excerpt from Physorg:

Currently, the WildCharger charging pad sells for $60 on the company's Web site. In addition to the pads, adapters for different cell phones and other devices must be purchased, which sell for $30 to $35, depending on if they are bought together with or separate from the pad. The company currently offers adapters for AT&T/Cingular, Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, and T-Mobile Motorola RAZR phones. In the future, they plan to offer adapters for iPod Nanos, Blackberries, and iPhones, as well. The charger is even strong enough to power laptops.

Winner of the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 Best Of innovations award, the charger is as close as you can get to wireless power. The charging pad costs around $60, and the adapters for separate devices cost around $35 each.

The quibs are that each device requires its own adapter to work with the charge pad, and the costs at the moment are quite high. But the company is hopeful that future products will come integrated with the adapter.

More information:

Review: WildCharger — Juices Up Your Gadgets...Kind Of (Wired)

Wireless WildCharger Gadget Charger Now Available (GeekSugar)

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Hopefully in 10 years time these devices will make a come back and will start to work really well hopefully as they will be incorporated into the mains power for houses and into all devices around the house. Just imagine being able to walk around your house and not having to worry about your laptop battery going flat as it will be powered wirelessly. Power wires are the only wires that users still can not get rid of in any setup of any electrical device at the moment so if you have wireless speakers you still have the power cable to worry about. This is the step towards the truly wireless home. One question will this type of device create any harmful rays or will it be like current wireless devices where it will not be harmful to anyone as this device is sending power wirelessly so will it cause any issues for humans or be harmful to our health. It would be great to see it that in the future if this does happen that we could lock down the electricity so other people's devices can not connect to the power supply unless the owner of the house inputs a password into devices which is saved and allows them to be powered from the mains power of that house or building. It would be great to see a control panel to set up the system and to be able to manually add devices if a device such as a laptop is flat and you need to charge it allowing them access.

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