Earlier this year, the idea of wirelessly keeping battery-powered devices made a pretty good splash at the Consumer Electronics Show. If there was one really disruptive technology that I didn't get a chance to witness myself while at CES, wireless power was it.
Now, for the people working on this problem in some super secret bunker somewhere, I have the end game for you.
First, the inspiration:
Here, on (or around my desk), are the items that I must routinely keep charged:
- 2 cordless phones (each uses different battery types)
- 1 cell phone
- 3 notebook computers (each uses different battery types)
- 1 digital still image camera
- 2 video cameras
- 1 external "big" battery for one of th video cameras
- 1 pair of Bose QC3 Noise Cancelling headphones
- 1 pair of Motorola Bluetooth stereo headphones
- and... I'm testing Sonos wireless digital music system which has a wireless remote
Then, around the house...we have at least a dozen other rechargeable devices; other cell phones, remote controls, cameras, etc. Exacerbating the problem is a plethora of AC adapters with no labeling, some of which are now divorced from the device they support and I'm scared to death of plugging the wrong AC adapter into the wrong device and blowing something up.
Now, the end game: a recharging box. Get this wireless power technology figured out and then come up with recharging boxes of different sizes and finishes to the outside (brushed aluminum to wood grain, etc.) so that I can just throw all of these devices into the box and they'll recharge. By having a single box, I get rid of most of the unsightly wires as well as the devices (from view) while they're charging (very Zen-like).
I'd pay as much as $300 for a box like this. How much would you pay?