New Charger Harvests Energy from Wi-Fi Signals
RCA recently showcased a new charging product called the Airnergy Charger that collects Wi-Fi signals, converts them to electricity, and uses that electricity to power a small internal battery. The charger can then be plugged into a device such as a mobile phone via USB and provide it with a charge. The device is always on and collecting Wi-Fi signals, so it is always charging (when near Wi-Fi hot spots). According to RCA, the Airnergy Charger will be available by summer 2010 with a retail cost of about $40.
WattUp Distance Wireless Charging Coming To Major-Brand Phone
Energous has revealed that a "tier 1" consumer electronics company has agreed to implement WattUp wireless charging technology in a number of consumer products, including a phone. WattUp is an RF-based wireless charging technology that can be implemented in a number of ways, including transmitters that can send power wirelessly up to 15 feet, using a large array of antennas and beam-forming technology to send focused energy in the 5.8 GHz radio band.
Review: SnapPower Charger
The SnapPower Charger is an alternate faceplate that quickly and easily adds USB power to most any wall outlet. Here is Phonescoop's quick take.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Powermat this week showed off an early version of its forthcoming universal fast wireless charging ring for public Powermat charging stations, at locations such as Starbucks. Current charging rings come in two separate versions: Lightning for iPhones, and micro-USB for all other phones.
Review: GoalZero Flip 30 + Nomad 7 Plus Kit
The Flip 30 + Nomad 7 Plus Kit from GoalZero includes a USB battery pack and solar charging panel. For people who spend lots of time outdoors away from AC power, the Nomad 7 Plus panel lets you charge the Flip 30 battery directly — or any phone or other USB-compatible device — using the power of the sun.
Droid Maxx 2 Boasts 2-Day Battery Life
Motorola and Verizon today announced the Droid Maxx 2, which claims to offer people "maximum battery life" thanks to the 3630mAh power cell. The Maxx 2 provides 48 hours of use, and the TurboCharge feature can provide 8 hours of battery life after just 15 minutes plugged into a charger.
I'm sure there are plenty of pros and cons, but...
Will it fry your brain
No thanks. This sounds like a terrible idea.
but if they make wi-fi hotspots more efficient... / billing?
http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/10/01/12/1628216/Be ... »
So if there's all this excess energy in the air, should it simply be curtailed, or harnessed? If it's harnessed for wireless battery charging, the next logical question is who pays? Do we need a billing standard? Could you choose to charge your phone just by sitting in a Starbucks, and have the electricity cost billed to your Starbucks card? (Or AT&T bill?)
Gosh, this sounds like such cool Star...
So it won't power laptops? and...
Will it slow down the network?
If so wouldn't/shouldn't that require a wap/wep key?