RCA AirPower Charges Batteries From WiFi Signals

Mar 26, 2010
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RCA AirPower Charges Batteries From WiFi Signals

We're torn between having the latest gadgets, as cool and fantastic as they can be, and our batteries. Truth be told, we can never really seem to have a happy balance. Even with displays like the AMOLED, and with the future release of the Super AMOLED, it's getting better, but manufacturing companies seem to be forgetting that without batteries, we can't use the gadgets they make for us. Luckily for us, there's RCA, and they've got a crazy way of keeping our batteries powered, with the expense of our WiFi signal.

As WiFi starts showing up all over the place, even on airplanes, it seems like a logical conclusion that RCA has come to: why not draw the power of something that's become so ubiquitous as WiFi signals? Well, first you'd have to figure out a way to get something like that done -- and RCA has done just that. First up will be the AirPower chargers, which are about the same size as the standard flip-phone in your pocket. RCA is planning to have these available for purchase by this holiday season (just in time with a pretty big release), and we can't wait.

So, how do they do it? Apparently, the company has found a way to suck in and regurgitate the 2.4GHz WiFi signal, and convert it to an energy source. From there, and while it's stuck inside the AirPower charger, it can charge the battery of any device that you can plug in with a USB cable. After about 6-8 hours of constant WiFi signal barrage, the AirPower charger will be able to charge your drained battery in about as much time as it takes for you to charge it in an AC wall outlet. Even better though, is the simple fact that RCA has confirmed that the technology is able to be embedded in devices; so no extra chargers. Your phone would just be charged, when anywhere near WiFi signals. No word on pricing for the holiday release, but hopefully that gets released soon.

[via DVICE]


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