Death of the cell phone charger

A Pennsylvania entrepreneur has developed technology that gives you all the battery juice you need directly from the air.

It may sound futuristic, but Powercast's platform uses nothing more complex than a radio--and is cheap enough for just about any company to incorporate into a product. A transmitter plugs into the wall, and a dime-size receiver (the real innovation, costing about $5 to make) can be embedded into any low-voltage device. The receiver turns radio waves into DC electricity, recharging the device's battery at a distance of up to 3 feet.

Picture your cell phone charging up the second you sit down at your desk, and you start to get a sense of the opportunity. How big can it get? "The sky's the limit," says John Shearer, Powercast's founder and CEO. He estimates shipping "many millions of units" by the end of 2008.

For years, electricity experts said this kind of thing couldn't be done. "If you had asked me seven months ago if this was possible, I would have said, 'Are you dreaming? Have you been smoking something?'" says Govi Rao, vice president and general manager of solid-state lighting at Philips (Charts). "But to see it work is just amazing. It could revolutionize what we know about power."

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BlackCountryBob4276d ago

This sounds a fantastic new piece of tech and is a god send to people such as myself who frequently forget to charge mobile phones, ipods and DS consoles! This will be brilliant in consoles to, making controllers truly wireless as there will never be a need to use a charging cable.

This could quite easily be implemented everywhere, becoming as essential to a public space as Wi-fi is, hell, with power available everywhere UMPCs could actually become a good idea!

If this was posted tomorrow thugh I would have thought it a April fools joke and ignored it :)

Great tech.

DonSqueak4276d ago

Anybody noticed what month of year is around the corner?

Norad64276d ago

I can't take anything on this site seriously right now. I'll come back here in two days.

BlackCountryBob4276d ago

Sorry to disappoint you fellows but this is real tech, it was exhibited at CES and voted best emerging technology by best of CES 2007 awards!

Its real sci fi but it is totally real!

Keyser4276d ago

Buy stock in Powercast now!!!