Improved wireless phone and tablet charging on the way?
Phone and tablet makers now pay close attention to wireless-charging technology, because it could erase one of the biggest headaches of device owners—having to plug in.
Instead, when your device is out of gas, you could just plop it down on a charging surface (maybe built into the kitchen counter) and pick it back up when the charge is done. No cable. No searching for outlets.
But wireless-charging technology is still in its developmental stage, and technical challenges still stand in the way of its working perfectly. For one thing, if other metal objects like pens or coins also sit on the charging surface, the phone of tablet to be charged won’t charge, or they will charge at a very slow rate. Some wireless-charging technologies can charge only one device at a time.
One company, Silicon Valley-based Proxi, says it has the solution to those problems. Tony Francesca, VP of consumer products, told me Sunday that his company’s wireless-charging surface will charge multiple devices at the same rate as if they were plugged into a wall outlet. And, no, pens and coins don’t mess up the process.
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