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24 Days of Gadgets - Day 15

December 29, 2009 - Dave Hecei
The Mac is going wireless. The new iMac, just recently updated, now come with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It can connect to a wireless network. Too bad we can’t get power wirelessly. Well, you can get it now for you handheld gadgets, like your iPhone, Touch, Blackberry, Sony PSP, or Nintendo DS, to name a few.

There is nothing worse than to see all those huge AC adapters and the jumbled rats nest of wires under your desk. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to come home and just lay your handheld devices on a pad and it recharges? Powermat can do just that.

First you need the pad. The Powermat comes in either a desktop or portable model. Pricing for the mats are right around $100. Since this is such a new device, there are only a few things that can charge completely wirelessly. If you have an iPhone/Touch or other dockable iPod you need a special base. They do make a special battery case for the iPhone, which allows you to just lay it on the pad for recharging.

For cellular phones that have removable batteries, unlike the iPhone, there are replacement batteries and doors. The one I have seen the most of is for the current Blackberry line on phones. For those with portable game systems they make battery packs for the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. For those who have gadgets not on the list yet, they make a universal receiver that can charge all kinds of products. This receiver has a power cord with replaceable tips. Just buy the proper tip for you device and you can recharge it. While this may not be true wireless recharging, it does mean that you can have one Powerpad and recharge several devices, which does cut down on clutter.

As this type of charging becomes more popular we will see more and more devices that can use it. I can easily see future items that are built with this type of recharging built-in.


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