While the current BMW i8 is already both a looker and one of the more environmentally conscious supercars on our roads, the next iteration will likely be even more efficient. Reports from the UK say that the new i8 will have a topless roadster option, a more powerful electric motor and larger drive battery, and even the possibility of inductive wireless charging.
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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?
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.
Inductive charging means you'll never have to plug your phone in again, and to avoid clunky add-on solutions if your device doesn't have it built in, Duracell has created this wafer thin adaptor card that slips in alongside its battery.
When the wireless charging standard you support is floundering and nobody wants to adopt the technology in their actual products, making a wireless mat for portable USB chargers is one dumb way to keep yourself occupied.