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Powermat to release OEM solution in 2011

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Powermat to release OEM solution in 2011
Powermat has new mats on the way, but most exciting is their plan for OEM wireless charging solutions. They had already announced their OEM efforts, but now we know we can expect them some time in 2011.

"We are looking into putting the technology into phones but it is a complex process," explained a Powermat spokesperson. The technology would allow use of the inductive charging technology, without having to use a special case.

The spokesperson went on to explain that "Each phone has different charging needs so the sooner we get hold of a handset, the quicker we can come to market with a product."

Powermat seems to be calling OEMs to attention, eager to begin work on some integrated prototypes. Though wireless charging hasn't been integrated since the Palm Pre's Touchstone, the technology still earns a lot of interest. If the technology is adopted at the OEM level, induction charging might become the new standard.

source: TechRadar via IntoMobile

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)

The question is. Will it work if the phone has a case on. Almost everyone buys a case for their phone. If the case blocks the charge then it is useless.

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 09:04

2. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I don't understand why everyone buys cases for thier phones. It makes them bulkier and less attractive. Any damage that is likely to accumulate over 2 years time is gone when you upgrade to a new phone then...

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 09:17

3. gbosko53 (unregistered)

Most people buy cases to protect from accidents that involve droping, scratching etc

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 09:35

4. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

so when u drop it u damage the case, not the phone which keeps the warranty going. obvious physical damage voids your warranty. cases also reduce vibration when dropped so your screen is less likely to crack. and of course when u get a new phone, a case helps keep ur old phone looking new so u can resell it for more $$.

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 14:43

6. cc161777 (unregistered)

With a lot of new phones, they are so revolutionary and amazing that you actually have to have a case just to make phone calls.

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 10:42

5. ibap (Posts: 780; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

A lot of phones are also kind of slippery without something on them. I've used grip strips on some of mine, but the more expensive ones justify some kind of cushioning. With past Treos I've liked silicone cases, but they don't seem to be available for sliders. The less bulk, the better, though. Some of the cases also prevent inadvertent button pushes. I had one at one time that I seemed to always be turning the volume off. Having the button slightly recessed by a case made all the difference. Hear that, manufacturers? You could do that directly on the device.

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