New Intel Ultrabooks to spray HOT JUICE into mobes
Svelte laptops to sling charge - fresh rumour
Intel will build wireless charging into its svelte laptops, aka Ultrabooks, and smartphones by the middle of 2013, according to whisperings on Chinese rumour mill Digitimes
Using the chip giant's own in-house technology, the mobes' batteries are topped up over the air by the Ultrabooks. Apparently the phones can be held anywhere near the PC to benefit from the wireless charging.
The feature will only be available in a few devices, sources said. And given that users would have to buy both an enabled Ultrabook and a compatible smartphone, it may take a while to catch on.
The charging-through-the-air tech will be Intel-developed, but other manufacturers are tinkering around with wireless charging too and there are competing standards for the technology. Qualcomm and Samsung back the standards from the Alliance for Wireless Power, while many other companies including Nokia, Sony, HTC and Huawei back the Wireless Power Consortium. Intel is not listed as member by either.
Samsung included wireless charging in the latest spin of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, but several months after launch the replacement backplate required to allow charging hasn't been made availabe. ®
How long before Apple calims patent infringement...
I wonder how long after such tech gets into the market place before Apple decides to waive its wad of paper patents in the air claiming infringment - because apple already has drawings showing an iphone positioned a few inches away from a laptop/desktop wirelessly charging and everyone is copying them and damaging their business once again.........
Alliance for Wireless Power, Wireless Power Consortium, what about the Judean People's Wireless Power Alliance Consortium ?
Re: Yet another standards war
I want wireless charging, but everyone should be told that it will cost them more money on their electric bill as anything using induction is always going to be less efficient than using a piece of wire.
Okay, probably not that much more on your electric bill, a few pounds a year.