Jun 16

When we discuss cell phones and mobile devices, our main concerns involve new applications, quick internet access, and (often way in third place) voice service. One of the most overlooked aspects about having our entire lives wrapped up in one pocket-sized device is that after a prolonged period of use (or non-use), the battery will eventually drain–leaving us in a post-apocalyptic frenzy, out of communication with the rest of the world.

Is there any conceivable way to keep our devices alive without the chore of plugging them into our walls or cars?

Fortunately, we’ve got our best men on the job.

Communication Technology company Qualcomm has developed a pad that would emit a small amount of energy which would charge mobile devices without the need to plug them in. Each cell phone, smartphones or related device would be equipped with a special sustainable battery which would act as a beacon for this direct energy. This cuts out the “plugging in” step, but one would still need to have an easily accessible docking station to charge their device.

But what if this energy field were all around us? What if every time we entered a building (or enclosed area), every electronic device we were carrying instantly began to charge. Scary thought?

Not according to Intel. Our energy innovators have come a long way since Nikola Tesla–who incidentally dreamed up this who concept in the late 1800′s. The concept of energy fields is working its way back onto the table, but it’s been “on the table” since 1940, so let’s not count our chickens.

Why Tesla? Why now? Well, we are an energy-hungry society. Our newest and coolest devices, the iPhone, iPad, and Sprint EVO are severe power hogs–and at the rate we are advancing, we need a stronger energy source…and fast!

Sources: Laptop-DRV | Qualcomm | VentureBeat

–Alex



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