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Wireless Power Gets A Boost 102

srizah writes "At CES, Las Vegas, two companies — Arizona-based WildCharge and Michigan-based Fulton have demonstrated what are very different ways to charge gadgets sans wires. "
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Wireless Power Gets A Boost

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  • by milo_a_wagner ( 1002274 ) <> on Monday January 08, 2007 @09:12AM (#17507072) Homepage
    I stand corrected!

    The term "wireless" should not be confused with the term "cordless"

  • Re:I, for one ... (Score:5, Informative)

    by rahlquist ( 558509 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @09:20AM (#17507130) Homepage
    Its been in limited use for years in Electric toothbrushes and its relatively safe. If you understand how inductance and transformers work then you've got more than half the understanding.

    From Wikipedia "A transformer is an electrical device that transfers energy from one circuit to another by magnetic coupling with no moving parts. A transformer comprises two or more coupled windings, or a single tapped winding and, in most cases, a magnetic core to concentrate magnetic flux. A changing current in one winding creates a time-varying magnetic flux in the core, which induces a voltage in the other windings."

    Think of these devices as each the charging base and the unit to be charged having half the transformer, bring them into proximity of each other and they begin to work. Ok its an over simplification but thats the basics.
  • by binaryspiral ( 784263 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @09:31AM (#17507218)
    Cheesy Induction ploy, if you have to place it on or in the proximity of a device
    you may as well have wires.

    Induction is a good thing, maybe a bit cheesy at its inception - but wait until it matures. I had a watch that was charged using induction, it allowed it to recharge without having a connection or contacts exposed.

    If this technology improves, it could become very useful.

    For example, power induction systems below road surfaces for hybrid and electric vehicles. Cell phone holders in cars that charge without any contacts to become tarnished or bent.

    I don't see it replacing all hardwired or contact based connections, but it would be a welcomed addition to many devices that are designed for severe duty.
  • You're partly right (Score:3, Informative)

    by giafly ( 926567 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @10:01AM (#17507542)
    Transformers certainly get less efficient if you increase the gaps between the components. Think of it like this: one half of the transformer is using electricity to produce a varying magnetic field; the other half is intercepting the varying magnetic field and using its energy to generate electricity; if you increase the spacing then less of the magnetic field is intercepted. This means the system works less hard, so overall it's cooler, but presumably charging takes longer.

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