Juice your gadgets wirelessly

A battery charger isn't exactly the sexiest device, but if it means eliminating the vast number of random power adapters I have plugged in around my house, I say come hither.

Last month I wrote about the eCoupled charging technology, which Herman Miller is looking to build into its desks. The idea is that you would charge up your gadgets just by laying them down on the surface where you work. The WildCharger is another promising wireless charging technology that can give life to multiple devices at once.

All you do is lay your gadgets down on the WildCharger, and the pad will zap power to them without requiring you to plug them in. (Of course, the device needs to incorporate the WildCharger technology; it's not clear whether it needs to be built-in, or you'll use some sort of adapter.) With 90 watts of power, the US$100 WildCharger is capable of juicing laptops and a few other smaller devices at the same time. At 15 watts, the $40 WildCharger Mini is tailored toward charging three or four smaller gadgets, like cell phones and MP3 players. A higher-powered unit is also in the works.

The WildCharger pads are due to see the light of day in the first half of 2007.

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