TechDigest has picked up an interesting piece of tech that is on show at CES – the PowerMat.
You might have seen these type of solutions before, but basically using inductive charging, the device can be charged simply by laying it on the mat (without wires!). Now, all the solutions I’ve seen require either a special device (which has the necessary inductive loop circuit inside it, or a retro-fit case. PowerMat seems to work in the latter way, with cases that fit over (I presume) quite a few different products. In the pic you can just make out the black case outline around the iPhone.
It’s cool tech that’s for sure – my electric toothbrush uses inductive charging, and it’s very little hassle indeed. If/when manufacturers go big on this, I’m sure we’ll see it quite commonly. In the meanwhile, you can check out TechDigest’s article here, and the PowerMat site here.