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Old 06-12-2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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WildCharge sets a date for Wireless Charging

WildCharge, one of the companies that has been working on wireless chargers, has set a date for release of the first commercial product of this type: 07/07/07.

We've had reports on these technologies before, but they've always been 'in the future'. Technically, next month is still 'the future' but it's at least a specific date, which is a huge improvement.

WildCharge's approach is a mat that has charging contacts arranged in lines along it, which require devices that are designed or retrofitted to work with the mats. They're designed to charge multiple devices (whatever will fit on the mat, evidently), which require differing voltage and currents, all at the same time.

Follow the link above for their rather exuberant announcement on their site, as well as a bit more detail on how the things work.

Hat tip to SciFi Channel's Tech Blog.
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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Hey! I'd like to carry one in my pocket next to my cell!
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:35 PM   #4
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Nope, this one isn't EMF transfer, it's a straight contact connection -- electrically speaking, it's just like a plug in the wall.
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:13 AM   #5
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Saturday is a weird date to release a product. I guess they got caught up in the "lucky" 7-7-07 date craziness.
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Nope, this one isn't EMF transfer, it's a straight contact connection -- electrically speaking, it's just like a plug in the wall.
I wonder if the cat will enjoy sleeping on it
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Are there power losses with such a system or is it just like using the original chargers offered with each device? Just a green concern.
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:28 AM   #8
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I can't really say with any real authority, yvanleterrible (so salt to taste), but it looks to me like it ought to be about like using the original chargers, or an iGo type solution.
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Nope, this one isn't EMF transfer, it's a straight contact connection -- electrically speaking, it's just like a plug in the wall.
Whoops! Missed that
Anyways, i wonder how long the contacts will endure before their resistance goes up up and awaaaay
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I haven't seen any so far, but I'd bet we'll know early in July.
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