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RIM Joins Wireless Power Consortium

wireless-power Wow dreams do come true. RIM just joined the Wireless Power Consortium which is pushing their Qi standard. That means that RIM will be working towards introducing wireless power into future BlackBerrys if all goes well.

The Qi standard is based on magnetic induction and works within a few millimeters. It can provide up to 5 watts of power with 70% efficiency and standby power of 0.0001 watts. That is pretty decent and they are planning a higher power version in the future. The only downside is that current BlackBerry wall chargers charge at almost 3 times that wattage so hopefully the higher power version come soon. 5W is about the power put out by a computer USB charger.

Now my dream has this coupled with WirelessUSB so that it charges and connects to your PC without wires. A holster or even a laptop bag that charges your BlackBerry wirelessly would also be awesome. Hopefully it does not end up being as expensive as the current wireless charging options…

via Engadget

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  1. Electronic devices operating using rechargeable batteries have been around for AT LEAST twenty years and these days, most people have DOZENS of devices that operate using batteries, a significant and growing number of which use rechargeable batteries…

    So the question is, why has it taken so long to start working on WIRELESS charging?

    After all, “magnetic induction” charging has been around for AT LEAST fifteen years in various devices (tooth-brushes in particular), so why is it only now they (the-powers-that-be) decide to start working on wireless charging solutions?

    What they (again, the-powers-that-be) NEED to be doing is giving this a BIG priority, throwing a LOT of money and talent at this, in order to mass-produce a realistic solution in the immediate future…

    I mean, imagine walking into your house and automatically having all of your devices charge themselves, or have your devices charge themselves automatically and wirelessly when they start to get low on power!

    Theoretically, low-batteries would become EXTREMELY rare if one had a wireless charging solution at home, in their car at their workplace and in similar locations…

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