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Powermat and Duracell Have Joined Forces

Posted by mikenopolis on October 7, 2011

I have been a fan of inductive charging even before my first Oral-B electric toothbrush in college. My father was a mechanical & electrical engineer and I have always tinkered with his tools and inventions. I was learning how to draw schematics of circuit boards by the time I was 6…really sad that he’s not around to “play” with me. Yes I had a pretty nerdy childhood which explains why I’m the way I am.

One of the things he showed me is that you can power a fluorescent light bulb without wires. I didn’t know the terminology of it since my father taught me in Chinese, but now I know the power source is a tesla coil, check out this YouTube video of the awesomeness!

As usual I went off on a tangent. Any way I think it was at the 2008 CES that a company called Powermat introduced their wireless charging “system” that was aimed to reduce cable clutter caused by chargers. Although I never had much clutter since I am anal about my cable management, being able to plop my phone down and it would start charging was intriguing. So when the system came out a year or so later I picked one up and have charged a lot of my gadgets with it. Yes it is a niche product and not for everyone. Recently I’ve seen their products being sold off as clearance items and picked up the iPhone 4 case which will fit the iPhone 4S that I will be purchasing. I had the iPhone 3GS case but never liked it much because of the soft touch finish (I hate that stuff since it rubs off over time). When I looked into the company I found an article about how they are joining up with Procter & Gamble (Duracell company). I hope this technology lives on and gets integrated into our products. I’m using a HP Veer at the moment and it does not need a separate case to be charged wirelessly with their “TouchStone” inductive charger.

Before the iPhone 4S was announced, I had hoped that this technology would have been built into the iPhone. I hope Steve Jobs vision was to have this in the future. Jonathan (Jony) Ive, have you been paying attention to this? Add this to iPhone 5 (6th version) if you can, it would be awesome and it would be “magical”!

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