idea isn't that new but maybe we will see the final breakthrough in the CE world
as well. During the CES, Visteon Corporation announced the launch of a
technology that provides a convenient way to make sure batteries for mobile
phones, MP3 players or PDAs are always charged and ready to go with Visteon's
in-vehicle wireless charging technology.
This in-vehicle technology eliminates the need to have dedicated power cords for
each portable device in the vehicle. The user simply places the device on
Visteon's charger and power is wirelessly transferred by electromagnetic
induction from the charger to the user's portable device at a rate comparable to
a plug-in power cord. The wireless charger contains intelligence that can
determine if an object is in close proximity to the charger and whether the
object can be charged (similar to electric toothbrushes and similar devices).
"Any driver or passenger who uses an electronic device, such as a mobile
phone or MP3 player, would benefit from the convenience of this innovation,"
said Steve Meszaros, vice president, Visteon electronics product group. "Based
on consumer studies that Visteon conducted in several countries, people are
willing to invest in the convenience of not having to deal with charging cords
in a vehicle."
Visteon is working with companies such as Motorola; Mobility Electronics,
creator of iGo brand universal power adaptor and Herman Miller to ensure an
expanded reach of the technology.
Now give this a range of one meter and put it in a Bluetooth hands-free kit
and I'm satisfied! Unfortunately, a release date wasn't given yet but watch out
the companies mentioned above.
Cheers ~ Arne