, a creation spawned out of a competition, has started to offer wireless power solutions for your
cellphone and other devices, reports macworld
The technology is similar to that of an electric toothbrush. Half the transformer is in the device, and half is in the pad. The technology itself
isn't new, but SplashPower is different. They've got a (very pretty) site up that seeks to promote their stuff. They offer both large and small
pads, so you can toss on as many items as you want, saving outlets and the hassle of searching for for each individual charger. For now, adaptors are
available as well, until devices are built to be compatible.
What I really like best, however, is their plan. They want to have these things not only seamlessly linked within our homes and offices, but they
want to have them in cars, as well as hospitals and cafes. It looks like they've done this successfully so far, with the results positive.
The claim that it frees you from cords and is wireless power is misleading, however, because in the end, you need to plug your pad in to an outlet,
and while you're saving yourself time and thought by just tossing onto a pad, you still have to plug it in. I see futures, however, where all tables
are built with this technology. That
would pretty much remove the need to recharge devices like laptops which rest on tables. If every
surface in your house and office has this built in, then we're really getting somewhere.
The big question, though, is, for the time being, which consumers prefer - rechargable surfaces, or
USB powered heating pads
[edit on 10/10/2005 by Amorymeltzer]