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
Apr 7, 2016
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.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Feb 24, 2016
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Feb 24, 2016
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.
Motorola Updates Affordable Lineup for 2018
Apr 19, 2018
Motorola today announced four new affordable Android phones coming to the U.S. market before mid-year.
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? 🤨