Tech companies and others have been searching for a feasible solution to the inevitable problem their device has encountered in charging. Consumers point out that they are losing chargers, the cords are never long enough, and they take too long to charge the device in question. Let us not forget the bittersweet announcement of the new Lightning Connector that debuted on the iPhone 5 in 2012 that made every iPhone compatible accessory owned obsolete.
To alleviate the pain by just a bit, Ossia Inc. has created “Cota”, the wireless charger for your devices. Other companies are looking into the area also, as the idea of Wi-Fi charging becomes more prominent amongst companies as well as consumers. The concept is fairly self-explanatory. With the creation of these products and similar products, users would gain the ability to charge their phones, tablets, etc. by resting said device on a pad like surface. With some products, you do not even have to rest them on a pad, the charging is done wirelessly and over the air.
The pad, or charging station featured on the Ossia website uses power that is emitted by the station. Your devices, once paired with the station, are now eligible to receive those signals from the station, and the signals are used as power. Some products like Cota can charge devices anywhere within 30 feet of the station, seamlessly. Now, while watching a movie with family, or cooking a meal for dinner, your device can charge without you worrying about having to find a charger. Devices like these could be especially beneficial to those who have awkward outlet placement throughout their home.
In addition, charging stations, or a majority of them at least, are relatively intelligent. Stations have the ability to search for new devices, search for the devices that are already paired with the station, send power signals across rooms without interfering with other appliances, and reroute power signal paths when they come in contact with obstructions. All of this is done while keeping the signals safe for everyone, children included.
Just weeks ago, at Duke University, students Alexander Katko and Allen Hawkes created a technology capable of turning your ordinary Wi-Fi network signals in to a direct current, which can ultimately charge devices. This device can operate without hurting the strength of your Wi-Fi network in even the slightest bit.
However, the creativity does not stop there.
Alex and Allen are now looking for a way to perfect their product: by putting it inside of cell phones. If this runs successfully, cell phones would be capable of automatically charging when connected to Wi-Fi. This may even evolve into 3G and data charging as well.
Obviously, the level of creativity is through the roof. With inventions like these, the sky is the limit. Technology is starting to play an increasingly prominent role in our lives, revolutionizing each and every aspect of our daily lives, one product at a time. People are calling wireless charging “Incredible” already. Who knows what these kids and companies have to offer just years from now?
The creation of wireless charging is not good for some current technology industry leaders. Millions of dollars are spent each year on chargers alone, so the subsequent damage done to companies like Apple would be unparalleled and unprecedented. Although it’s merely a contingency, Apple may want to take note of the up and coming Wi-Fi charging market.
As for the prices, products can range anywhere from $20 to $150. However, as with most things in the technology industry, you get what you pay for. If you fish out the hundred and fifty bucks for yourself this Christmas, you likely will not have a problem charging your phone until that same company releases a better one. All in all, it still remains to be a reasonable investment, capable of revolutionizing charging.
We are all for the innovation, a seamless and harmless solution seems reasonably desirable. With this revolutionary idea implemented into our daily lives, there is no more forgetting to charge your phone or tablet overnight. Such a small idea like this could and likely will evolve into something for more magnanimous than previously imagined.
Companies like Ossia, college students, and technology giants have already given this idea a thought. The only question remaining is about who will perfect it first. The first company to make a decent charging station will be the one to prosper initially. There are some products out now, but they aren’t too popular due to the fact that they do not boast bitten fruit anywhere on the body.
I would keep writing, but I can’t find my tablet charger.