New charging accessory converts Wi-Fi into electricity

New charging accessory converts Wi-Fi into electricity
Aside from relying on your regular vehicle or wall chargers, this one new accessory from RCA literally converts Wi-Fi signals into electricity. You’re probably scratching your head and wondering how this might be all possible; but it’s in fact reality. During CES, RCA showed off a new charging accessory called the Airnergy Charger that harvests Wi-Fi signals, converts them to electricity, and uses it to power a small internal battery. From there, you can plug in this device to a mobile phone via USB so it’ll begin to charge. This isn’t a new thing and has been seen before, but what makes the Airnergy Charger so unique is that it’s able to do this efficiently to make it practically useful. One demonstration included a BlackBerry handset at 30% battery life being able to be fully charged with the device in about 90 minutes. The best part about it is that RCA will be making it available by the summer with a retail cost of $40. Not too shabby we might add.

source: Oh Gizmo! via Phonescoop



1. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Tesla would be so proud...

2. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

This is so awesome I just peed a little.

3. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I have to admit this is kinda amazing.... now I wonder if they could make one that just uses the electrical impulses in the body charge a portable unit so you could charge stuff without needing wifi either... come on scientists get to it. And no not the spinning charger either that is cool in and of itself.

4. dandirk unregistered

meh... I suppose this would be nice if you run out of batt a lot and not in your car etc. Otherwise you could just use a rechargeable batt pack and charge that too each night. Also be a good oh crap, charger... Though for $40 you must make some cash which is amazing since you probably forget lots of things like plugging in your phone... I don't see how this is possible but if they could get efficiency both on the phone and wireless charge to where it needs to be, they could build the tech right in the phone and increase batt life or in some cases have an eternally powered phone. Now that would be cool.

5. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

That's pretty sweet.

6. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Now if only they can convert 3g or any radio signal into energy. Now, that way we never have to physically plug in to charge the phone!

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