Visions of sugar plums, MacBooks, PS3s and BlackBerrys are dancing through the Grouse's head as he unveils what he'd really like this holiday season
Posted 12.17.2008 at 2:39 pm
4. Universal wire-free charging
Wireless Charging: WildCharge
Forget turtledoves and pied pipers piping—I want an end to the nightmarish cable salad of gadget adapters mushrooming out of the power strip behind my dresser. I’ve grown so accustomed to the luxuries of wireless Internet and phone that they aren’t even luxuries anymore. So, why not wireless power? Fortunately, a company called WildCharge has already developed an amazing system for juicing up gadgets sans cables. If you’re not familiar with the WildCharge, it’s a metallic pad roughly the size of a mousepad. When gadgets are placed on it their batteries magically recharge—again, completely without wires, save the one power cord from the pad to your electrical outlet. Problem? In order to charge, a gadget must wear a special sleeve fitted with four conductive nubbins. Slipping one on every time is really no less of an inconvenience than simply plugging a gadget in. Second problem? The special sleeves are currently only available for a handful of phones. An iPod Touch/iPhone sleeve reportedly exists, but I can’t find it for sale anywhere. I’m hoping some announcements at CES expand the compatibility base to include things like laptops and digital cameras, but what I’d really like to see is WildCharge connectivity (or something similar) built into my favorite gadgets straight out of the box. If I never buy another power strip again, it will be too soon.
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