Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Microsoft Receives Patent for "Advanced inductive charging pad for portable devices "

Last week I posted about the ability to charge your devices from an upcoming generation of Ultrabooks.  

 

This week while rummaging around the US Patent Office website (what, that's not where you spend your spare time?)  I stumbled upon a similar idea by Microsoft.  Seeing two devices recently that are working to allow you to charge by simply being close to a device (I know that is a greatly simplified version of the concept) looks to be coming to us from multiple sources in the not too distant future.

 

As someone who spends a fair amount of time on the road, I welcome the idea of being able to charge my devices just by getting them in the vicinity of the charging device.  Seeing Microsoft exploring the concept gives me a bit of comfort that we might actually see thins develop into an actual physical device or add-on component.

 

Of course, filing a patent doesn't mean that a build is a sure thing, but when Intel and Microsoft both start looking at something, that gives me a better feeling that there just might be a concrete product or two on the horizon...

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