Fulton imbues protection with power
Makes the case for proximity charging
Fulton Innovation has signed a deal with Case-Mate, the protective case manufacturer, to embed charging circuits into their products.
The deal is light on specifics, but the plan is to embed Fulton's charging circuits into the cases, which will subtly plug into the existing power socket, rather than leaving a gap as they generally now do. Users charge up their gadgets by placing them on a specially-constructed mat, which can charge up several gadgets at the same time.
Having bought up a rival or two, Fulton is the major player in the proximity-power industry - such as it is - and have been trying to get manufacturers of gadgets to embed its circuits for years, with little success. Without being embedded it's not easy to get proximity power working - convincing punters to attach dongles to their gadgets is really hard, and they are expensive to develop, so fitting the circuits into cases makes sense if you feel that proximity charging is a capability worth having.
That problem is that punters are pretty ambivalent about the idea, once the initial cool factor has disappeared. The Palm Pre uses proximity charging, and looks cool for it, but it is hard to imagine the technology getting much wider appeal, even if it does come embedded in a pretty cover. ®
why they dont use it
The gazzillions they make on charger plugs !
This is your universal plug !! will charge anything!
yes i agree the power consumption probably isnt great but if the tech gets used and more profficient im sure the devices will be made more sensitive.
Would buy a pre just for this function.
I hate the 12 vcables i need just to charge my different devices
oh and lets not forget all the travel charges etc etc
oh hangon when im at a freinds hangon you have sony erricson sony or nokia, which one the new one the one for this or that model
Proximity charging, how about ALL major manufactures using a single designed charger so that one pregnant plug will charge **every** device I own...Same applies for memory cards..
Proximity charging is cool but woefully inefficient..
Well, the only way proximity power can work at all safely is by negotiation with the device. That is, you put your device on the mat, the mat notices it's there via RFID or something, it energises the coils in the mat under the device, etc.
Otherwise a paperclip dropped on the mat would melt.
So when not in use it probably uses a pretty average level of standby power.
I can't imagine the actual charging efficiency's very good, though, as there's a fair bit of distance between the transmitter and receiver coils...