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Cut the cords: wireless charging is closer than you think

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Mar 2011, 08:13

With the incessant amount of battery-powered gadgets we use every day now, wireless charging is back in vogue, and whoever masters it first will make billions. PhoneArena explores what is out there to liberate us from the cord...

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posted on 11 Mar 2011, 08:25 6

1. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

If it weren't for Edison's damn propaganda against the smartest man who ever lived, Nikola Tesla, then everything would be powered wirelessly through the benefits of Alternating Current. On a related note...Apple sucks.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 08:48

4. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I grew up in Fort Myers Florida, where Edisons home is a huge tourist attraction. (and gawd-awful dull) His name was plastered everywhere in my home town. I am curious- what propaganda??? I really am interested.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 08:57 3

6. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

A good place to start would be to wikipedia "war of currents". Basically, Edison was a hack of a scientist compared to the genius of Tesla. The only attributes that made Edison successful were his tireless drive employing trial and error scientific technique and his bounty of money to fuel the propaganda machine against AC. Tesla was a proper scientist who relied on careful scientific research and exploration before resorting to brash trial and error.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 08:50 2

5. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

Interesting side note: when I posted my comment, there was no reference to Tesla in the article. It appears that after having read my comment, Phonearena inserted the bit in the intro about Tesla. At least they are taking an active role :)

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 08:33 1

2. calamazoo (unregistered)

true that, Tesla was brilliant, and way ahead of his times. heck, even our times! i'm curious about the MIT and Fujitsu research, as well as the RF harvesting, that holds huge potential... read today that some guys at MIT developed smartphone memory wiring with nanotubes that requires miniscule amounts of energy like kinetic and radio waves to function... sounds promising

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 08:43 1

3. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Any article that has a Tesla reference is already instantly creditable.

This is the type of article I would love to see more of on Phone Arena- Informative, well written, and gives you enough information to understand what they are talking about. Some of these ideas are new to me, and it gives me a starting point to look into them if I want. If not, I at least now know what are some possable solutions to the charging nightmare of portable gear.

My Woman just lost her charger last weekend. ANYTHING inexpensive that would make plug in chargers expendable would be purchased as quick as it was unboxed at the electronic store. Just saying.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 09:11

7. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


... just sayin.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 09:16

8. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Is that the only word I messed up? Not bad by my usual butchering of the American-style English. Thanks for the quick fix. :-D

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 09:24

9. calamazoo (unregistered)

The thing is that maintaining network connection is a huge power drain, too, especially in LTE handsets like the Revolution and Thunderbolt. The screens and chipsets are getting more energy-efficient by the day though, so remote radio charging could also play a supplementary role to juice your smartphone up.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 09:28 1

10. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)

The finnish "power kiss" is better

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 11:35

11. calamazoo (unregistered)

thanks, first time i hear about the power kiss, seems it's not widely available, though

posted on 12 Mar 2011, 12:42

12. Cod3rror (unregistered)

If this technology advances to WiFi levels, how will they stop neighbors from stealing electricity?

I imagine they'll figure out how to password protect it, or else it's going to be a mess.

Anyways, I'm not jumping to wireless charging until it's at WiFi levels, you walk into your house/apartment, car or some building and the phone or whatever supports wireless charging starts charging.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 11:17

13. muhsin17 (unregistered)

nikolas tesla is the most underrated scientist and inventor of all time.
he was a great visionary, a man who leaved his life for science....
his inventions are endless tesla coil, neon lights, wireless electricity, interplanatary communication, x-ray,induction motor,robotics,remote control and so on...
at a very young age his ambition was to make a turbine that could generate electricity from niagra falls..
he is the face of todays electricity and his ideas are going to lead tomarrows technologies yet his name is seldom used...

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 05:44

14. Matt FT (unregistered)

I don't think he's underrated by anybody who knows anything about electricity and 20th century technological advances, but I agree that he's no household name even if he has every merit to be. At least there is a nifty little electrical car company named after :)

As for the article, very informative.

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