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Wireless Power Consortium Pushes For Standard 221

Posted by timothy
from the how-about-a-wide-range-of-standards dept.
Slatterz writes "We've already heard about wireless power before, but now we're a step closer to throwing away our power cables and chargers. A consortium of eight companies has launched an initiative to develop a wireless power standard. The drive was announced at the first Wireless Power Consortium conference at the Hong Kong Science Park yesterday. Most consumer electronic devices require a different charger, and the resulting tangle of wires and bulky devices is 'ugly, frustrating and inconvenient to use,' the group said. 'Wireless power charging takes away the need for wires and connectors. You simply drop your mobile phone, game device, electric shaver on the charging station and the battery is recharged,' explained Satoru Nishimura, senior manager at Sanyo."
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Wireless Power Consortium Pushes For Standard

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  • by pushing-robot (1037830) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @06:04PM (#26166777)

    ...but that might not be such a good idea.

  • Yeah... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @06:22PM (#26166987) Homepage Journal
    You've seen what happens to tinfoil in a Microwave, right?
  • by jmerlin (1010641) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @06:50PM (#26167295)
    This is the obvious, logical, cheap, and easy solution. Putting aside the fact that you'd need transformers built into devices as most require different voltages.

    But then again, these guys have been working around "energy fields" far too long, perhaps this is a side-effect we might want to be forewarned about?
  • by David Gerard (12369) <slashdot@NOSpaM.davidgerard.co.uk> on Thursday December 18, 2008 @06:59PM (#26167409) Homepage

    Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated a Wireless Energy Resonant Link [today.com] as he spoke at the annual Intel developers forum in San Francisco yesterday.

    Rattner demonstrated this by causing his ears to light up at 60 watts of power a yard from a power transmitter operated by his assistant Igor. Only four journalists were incinerated when the power earthed through them from his fingertips.

    Rattner reassured us that pumping kilowatts of power around the home through magnetic induction power is absolutely harmless. "The human body is not affected by magnetic fields," he said as one journalist with a pacemaker collapsed and another with a knee replacement watched his leg catch fire. "There's no danger whatsoever from it, any more than there is from mobile phones cooking your brain, microwave leakage blinding you, chemical waste unraveling all the DNA in your balls or statistical clusters of kids with cancer wherever high-tension power lines run overhead. Asbestos and thalidomide were horribly slandered in their day too."

    "Of course, Nikola Tesla did it first in 1899," said enthusiast Albert Tedious-Anorak, 54, of Little Boring. "I detailed this at length on Wikipedia, but they refused to believe the value of my revelations on this matter due to a conspiracy of Edison fans amongst the site administrators."

  • Re:But... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Joce640k (829181) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @07:47PM (#26167853) Homepage

    FTA: 90% efficiency when three feet apart?

    I've got a cold fusion rector you might be interested in...

  • Re:But... (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 19, 2008 @12:10AM (#26169487)

    where can I buy that cell phone/mp3 player/PDA/e-book reader/shaver? That sounds pretty frickin handy...

  • Re:But... (Score:3, Funny)

    by Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) on Friday December 19, 2008 @01:12AM (#26169817)

    where can I buy that cell phone/mp3 player/PDA/e-book reader/shaver? That sounds pretty frickin handy...

    Steve Jobs was supposed to announce it at Macworld. Unfortately, we've had some problems with the mass production of them. He may have to drop out of giving the keynote if we cannot solve the problem.

    Edit: Apparently Steve decided to cancel for the keynote.

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