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Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie has rolled out a new travel charger kit, combining a compact Qi wireless charging pad with easily-packed adapters for hotel and car use. The Mophie Charge Stream Travel Kit combines a smaller-than-average wireless charger pad - the Charge Stream Pad Mini - with a travel pouch and a number of different adapters to suit the various outlets road-warriors might encounter.

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This wireless-charging Kia Soul EV imagines life without cables

This wireless-charging Kia Soul EV imagines life without cables

Kia is testing out wireless charging for cars, fitting out a fleet of its Soul EVs with the ability to recharge without needing a plug. The fast-charging wireless power system removes the need to physically plug in an electric vehicle, instead using a power-transmitting pad placed on the ground underneath, and a counterpart receiving pad mounted on the underside of the car.

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This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

Most consumer-use drones offer a flight time of anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. While the idea of simply using a larger battery to extend that time seems ideal, it actually results in increased weight for the drone, in turn reducing its flight time. It's this dilemma that prompted one researcher to create a prototype drone that can fly non-stop without the use of battery.

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Intel’s Skylake war on wires: Charging, displays, more

Intel’s Skylake war on wires: Charging, displays, more

Goodbye rats' nest of cables: hello Intel 6th-gen Core. Not satisfied with putting more grunt, better graphics, and lower power consumption into its latest chips, Intel is declaring renewed war on cables and ports with Skylake, envisioning a brave new world of no wires for displays, charging, or docking your laptop or tablet.

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Samsung wants wireless charging as a standard, just in time for Galaxy S6

Samsung wants wireless charging as a standard, just in time for Galaxy S6

Wireless charging is nothing new for Samsung handsets, but it has yet to become a standard feature Samsung talks up in a big way. That might change with the Galaxy S6, though. In a new blog post, Samsung is saying they’d prefer wireless charging to be industry standard fare, and that phones support all forms of wireless charging. After being on the cusp of marketability for some time, Samsung also outlines why wireless charing may have been left off of existing handsets.

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PMA, A4WP merge; wireless charging standards unite

PMA, A4WP merge; wireless charging standards unite

Wireless charging is one of those technologies that seems to be a year away, all the time. We see and hear about cool things companies are trying to do with wireless charging, but we never see them come to market. Much of that has to do with the competing standards, where governing bodies compete for allegiance. The division hasn’t helped wireless charging, and that’s starting to sink in a touch. Today, the two main governing bodies for wireless charging have announced they’ll be merging.

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Wireless charging is coming to your tablet, computer

Wireless charging is coming to your tablet, computer

Wireless charging is an exciting frontier, but few have ventured to make it available. We’ve not really seen it roll out on a large scale, either, as competing charging standards battle for supremacy. Freescale has introduced a new wireless charging system that breaks tradition. Rather than trying to charge your smartphone, their 15-watt wireless charging pad will take aim at your tablet, and possibly even laptop (someday, of course). Their products are also expected to hit in the first quarter of 2015.

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PowerSquare wireless charger goes multi-device and position-free

PowerSquare wireless charger goes multi-device and position-free

A team of creators have created a wireless charger that aims to make things simple. The PowerSquare allows you to charge multiple devices across its relatively large face while also requiring no specific placement of said devices on its pad. This means you no longer need to center your device and wait - it just works.

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Cadillac adds Powermat and Qi wireless charging to cars

Cadillac adds Powermat and Qi wireless charging to cars

Cadillac is adding wireless phone charging to its cars and trucks, upgrading the in-dash cubby of its CUE equipped models so that it can rejuice a smartphone without demanding a wire be plugged in. The new convenience feature will show up first in the 2015 Cadillac ATS, before rolling out to other models from the brand, and though GM isn't shouting about it, there's a welcome surprise in the standards

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Toshiba introduces fast wireless charging chip

Toshiba introduces fast wireless charging chip

Toshiba has just unveiled a new integrated circuit or IC that will hopefully help make wireless charging a more viable technology. Aside from being compatible with past and future devices and accessories, the TC7763WBG wireless power receiver IC enables such devices to charge as quickly as wired methods.

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Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Sono, a noise-cancelling device that attaches to your window, has been shortlisted as a top-20 finalist for the 2013 James Dyson Awards. Similar in concept to noise-cancelling headphones, the device detects ambient sounds and actively emits a counter-signal to replace the noise with projected silence or even with another simulated sound like the chirping of birds. It runs on a combination of grid power and harvested energy from surrounding electromagnetic activity such as Wi-Fi signals.

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E-ink displays can be powered wirelessly with NFC

E-ink displays can be powered wirelessly with NFC

It is widely known that e-ink displays require very little power, one of their biggest bragging points. Because they display static images, power is required only when the image is being refreshed to something new, and as it turns out, NFC provides enough energy to accomplish this. Such was demonstrated in a video we have for you after the jump.

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