Wirelss charging, sometimes referred to as induction charging, is expected to explode in popularity over the coming years, and a number of the world's leading tech firms, from Nokia to Samsung and Google, are already incorporating the feature into their products.
Considered by many as one of the most important driving forces pushing the technology into the mainstream, Fulton Innovation is using the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) not only to publicize its own products but to highlight the capabilities of wireless charging and the benefits that it can bring to the modern consumer.
One of the most interesting uses is for replacing traditional power sockets. When the technology is reported on, the focus is typically on mobile devices and how the technology can do away with connecting cables, but wireless power could also revolutionize the way consumers design, organize and furnish their homes. For example, with kitchen work surfaces that double as wireless charging plates and kitchen appliances converted to run on direct power, the home cook can place a blender or kettle wherever there is space, rather than where there's a power socket.
Other applications could extend to a TV and set-top box that automatically switch off and charge the batteries in a remote control when the controller is placed on top or a work desk and coffee table that automatically charge any compatible device each time it is placed on the furniture.