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There are plenty of ways to do the two things that Spira does: Charge your phone and tell you the time. But there’s nothing quite like the device that interaction design student Alice Robbiani has built to combine them — her inductive charger turns your iPhone into an interactive wall clock while it charges.
Microsoft is charging forward into a colourful new future, and it’s dragging Nokia by the ears with it as a serious hardware partner for Windows Phone. The first Windows Phone 8 device on the market will be the Nokia Lumia 920. This is Nokia’s coming out party, Microsoft’s mobile mitzvah and Lumia’s naming ceremony. With so much riding on it, does it match the hype?
It’s all explainable via science. If you replace your typical cornucopia centrepiece with this floating steel plate supporting a glowing wireless candelabra, your dinner guests will be too blown away to notice your dry turkey and lumpy gravy.
Its larger form factor and bigger battery mean the iPhone 5 should last longer on a single charge. But to overcome the fact that battery technology still basically sucks, Apple has applied for a ‘shake to charge’ patent that uses electromagnetic induction to convert everyday motions into extra battery life.
Even though the companies involved have finally come together in a consortium and finalised a standard, wireless charging is still struggling to gain acceptance. But a new technology called adaptive resonance from Fulton Innovation promises to bridge the gaps between devices and make wireless charging pads less difficult to use.
TDK is known for designing really utilitarian, retro 80’s futuristic audio equipment — black, gold, hard lines, Terminator, Burton’s Batman, TDK — that encourages you to show it off without feeling like a showoff. And they’ve done it again. This time, with a pair of headphones that’ll cradle your head and a new speaker cube that wirelessly charges your phone.
Wirelessly charging your iPhone would be pretty great, but not with the dumb cases that inductive charging requires. That’s why this mod from Tanveer is so great. A regular iPhone that charges when you set it down. The future!