Splashpower is cableless recharging for your devices
By Dan Moren, Macworld
Now that networking is merely floating around in the air, via wireless, the last remaining thing keeping your electronic devices tethered is power . Sure, most of them operate on batteries these days, but even then you need to plug them in to keep them happy with the juice .
Splashpower wants to bring wireless power to devices, which I personally think is a pretty admirable goal, even if it’s somewhat impractical at the moment. See, Splashpower’s design requires devices that are “Splashpower-enabled.” Which, as far as I can tell at the moment, is pretty much none. How does it work? Using the magic of “inductive coupling,” Splashpower’s SplashPad provides power to any Splashpower-enabled device placed on it. So you still end up tethered to a charging station, you just don’t need a cable. Supposedly, they’ve got a number of companies signed on to “enable” their devices, but we’ll have to wait for next month to get some firm details.
Well, it’s part of the way there, but I long for a day when devices are transmitted power just as they’re transmitted information. A day when no recharging means never having to say “wait, I’m about to run ou&mdash”