Apple's Interested in Wireless Electricity?
Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was testing out a new way to charge future versions of the iPhone. An international patent application from Apple has a company called WiTricity caught in the middle of the speculation.
WiTricity, which started in 2007, has garnered a lot of attention since their inception and even demoed their technology at a TED talk in 2009. Heck, Toyota has even invested in and collaborated with the company. The techonology utilizes the energy of oscillating magnetic fields to supply power to electronic devices wirelessly. The only caveat is each device must have a WiTricity dongle or device coupled with it to to be powered.
The patent Apple applied for called "Wireless power utilization in a local computing environment," cites the same technology used in WiTricity, hence the link between the two companies. In the Apple patent your iMac would be the source of resonance power with all of the devices situated in front of your computer from keyboards and mice to phones an iPads, being able to be charged within 1 meter area.
This would be awesome. I hate changing the batteries in my keyboard, and plugging things in. Please let me be even lazier....