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Powermat wireless device chargers finally materialize

Powermat has been touting its wireless chargers for awhile now -- ever since CES 2009, quite frankly -- but now they're finally available for you, the consumer, to purchase.The Powermat is a one-pad, one-plug system (pictured above right) that charges all your gadgets in one place without wires.
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Powermat has been touting its wireless chargers for awhile now -- ever since CES 2009, quite frankly -- but now they're finally available for you, the consumer, to purchase.

The Powermat is a one-pad, one-plug system (pictured above right) that charges all your gadgets in one place without wires. The way it works is that your gadget gets a special "Powermat Receiver" sleeve so that it can use magnetic induction charging to power your devices.

(Aren't familiar with magnetic induction? If you've got an Oral-B rechargeable toothbrush, or a Palm Touchstone charger for your Pre, it's the same thing.)

The Powermat itself retails for $99.99, and costs another $40 per receiver. The company has cases available for Apple iPhone 3G and iPod touch, RIM BlackBerry (Bold, Curve 8300, Curve 8900, Pearl) and the Nintendo DS portable gaming system.

Cheap? Hardly. Mouth-gapingly cool? Absolutely.

It's available now at Best Buy and Target stores.

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