Monday, 12 October 2009

I've got the POOOOOWER!!!

A revolutionary new device has been released this week in the US; The Powermat.
Via cases and dongles (connected to or encasing your chosen device), and utilizing existing technology, such as magnetic induction; the Powermat proposes to eliminate the need for individual wire chargers.

Technology blog engadget commented back in January
Powermat hands-on

“We finally got a chance to see it work in person and, much to our surprise, it seems to have delivered on its promise...”
Comments on Powermat press releases and coverage so far paint a divided opinion. Some people are stunned by its creative awesomeness, whilst others are simply not impressed, and disregard it as yet another unnecessary gadget.

Regardless of the moody techno-phobe's criticisms, I'm not alone in my hate and frustrations with all the various wires I have to carry around. In today's world it's common for one person to posses anything from 2-5 personal devices, especially when you consider the already massive and rapidly growing popularity of iPhones, iPods, eBook Reader's, Blackberrys, PSPs, Nintendo DS devices etc.

As a piece of technology, the Powermat also has some of the coolest potential applications: imagine if/when the technology is applied to tables in coffee shops, office desks, Hotels, libraries??? We'd be able to charge our devices virtually anytime, any place. Using RFID (Think Oyster Cards) There also the prospect of wireless data transfer, meaning we should be able to use devices like the Powermat to transfer audio/picture and eventually video data.

Personally I find it all quite exciting really, so naturally, I had to share it. Priced between £60-80 The Powermat is due to go on sale in the UK towards the end of October.

I don't know about you, but I've definitely got one on my Christmas list!
Beware cheap imitations....

Love their ad strategy to, check it:

You can follow the company behind Powermat on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the development of this piece of awesomeness.

- Mr. Devo

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