[LINK] 'Wire-free' electricity juices mobile devices
Wed, 30 Oct 2002 11:32:56 +1100
'Wire-free' electricity juices mobile devices
By Matt Berger, IDG News Service
OCTOBER 29, 2002
A company that claims to have solved the "last wire" dilemma
announced yesterday that it's working with Acer Inc. and other
manufacturing partners to deliver early next year a pad with a
conductive surface that can power computing devices resting on top of
it as if they were plugged into an electrical outlet.
The "last wire" dilemma refers to the power adapters that juice
computing devices, which remain one wire that can't been replaced by
existing wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and 802.11.
MobileWise Inc. in Los Altos, Calif., yesterday previewed its
"wire-free" electricity technology that could cut loose mobile device
owners from their power cords.
The technology can also transfer data, and could eventually replace a
notebook docking station, which is used to distribute electricity, as
well as act as the connection point to the Internet and peripheral
devices, Goren said. In that case, a user could place a digital
camera on the pad and have images stored on that camera automatically
transferred to the hard drive of a computer also placed on the pad.
Similarly, it could be used to synchronize data between a handheld
computer and a notebook.
Like most people who see the pad in action, Enderle summed it up:
"It's a real cool technology."