Wouldn’t it be cool if you could place your smartphone on top of your laptop or Ultrabook and steal some juice? Well according to very recent news and rumours, by 2013 you could very well be able to do that.
This latest development comes from Digitimes (usually reliable, save for a few occasions) and they reckon’ that Intel might start pushing a self-developed wireless charging technology into its Ultrabooks and smartphones in the near future. When we say Intel smartphones, we of course mean Intel processor powered ones, such as the Orange San Diego.
It isn’t noted however whether or not Microsoft has had any input in to this development. For starters, this could be a great feature of future Windows Phone powered handsets, further bringing together their ecosystem of products. With that said, it would be super cool if Windows handsets charged on Windows powered machines, not just Intel powered handsets.
On this subject, Digitimes have stated that:
“Intel’s wireless charging solution uses an ultrabook as the power source paired with related software and a transmitter to wirelessly charge a smartphone. According to Intel’s data, the solution will feature lower power consumption and does not require the phone to be put in a very specific position.”
This isn’t a new form of technology however. Back in 2009, Palm released their Palm Pre smartphone with inductive charging capabilities, which charged wirelessly through what was called the ‘Touch Stone Dock’. This dock plugged in to any main power socket, and allowed Pre smartphone owners to place their handset on it, thus eliminating the need to plug the handset in to a charging cable.
Of course if all next-generation laptops and Ultrabooks rocked inductive charging capabilities, this type of wireless technology would become far more well known to consumers than it did under Palm’s control.
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