January 9th, 2010, 09:34 AM
Wireless power group sees standard within 6 months
The group developing a standard for wireless charging expects to complete its first specification within six months, opening the door for makers of cell phones, digital cameras and other devices to bring compatible products to market.
Wireless charging lets consumers place gadgets on a mat that plugs into a wall outlet, and have the devices recharge automatically without needing to plug in each one. Apart from the gee-whiz factor, it's supposed to make life more convenient by letting people walk into their home or office, toss their gadgets onto a mat to recharge and forget about them.
There are still questions about when standardized products will come to market and how they'll be received, but the Wireless Power Consortium aims to finish its first standard before the middle of the year, said Menno Treffers, a Philips executive who is chairman of the consortium. If it's not ready by then, "I will eat my hat," he told a group of vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Friday.
Full story: Computerworld