Wireless Charging

Samsung Galaxy S III modded for Touchstone charging

Samsung Galaxy S III modded for Touchstone charging

The last time we saw the Touchstone was for a modification involving the Nokia Lumia 800. That saw an enterprising modder hack the charging mechanism, enabling power to flow wirelessly when the phone was set down on the Touchstone. Will the same trick work with the Samsung Galaxy S III? As it turns out, yes. Samsung promised wireless charging at the Galaxy S III event back in May, but it’s a long way off yet, so one owner decided to take matters into his own hands.

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Duracell Powermat unveils 24 Hour Power System

Duracell Powermat unveils 24 Hour Power System

Wireless charging is still a cumbersome affair, requiring separate cases and adds-ons to make the magic happen. That’s still a problem with Powermat’s new products, but the company is trying to make things easier in remote locations with the Wireless Power Nation initiative. In addition to the new charging case and portable battery backup, the company will be integrating power mats into different locations.

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Nokia Lumia 800 mod enables Touchstone charging

Nokia Lumia 800 mod enables Touchstone charging

We’re unfortunately not quite at the point where wireless charging is a reality, but there have been some phones capable of sucking down power via induction, like the Palm Pre. With a little bit of modding know-how and hard work, one YouTube user has taken apart a Nokia Lumia 800 and added the ability to charge via Palm’s Touchstone.

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Qi wireless charging range extended to 40mm

Qi wireless charging range extended to 40mm

The Qi wireless charging standard has been updated to allow for a longer distance between device and charging platform. This will make it easier for the platform to be integrated into various surfaces, including tabletops, furniture, and cars. The Wireless Power Consortium announced the updated Qi standard today, which now allows for a distance of 40mm, up from the previous 5mm.

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Apple mulls wireless power in new patent

Apple mulls wireless power in new patent

Join us, friends, as we once again delve into the mysterious and abstract world of patents. AppleInsider has taken a closer look at one of Apple’s new patent applications, called “Active Electronic Media Packaging”. It describes a method that would allow power to be sent wirelessly to devices like the iPhone and iPad while being displayed in a retail setting.

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