Acer set to be first to market with wireless recharging

MobileWise, a California-based company, has announced a system that eliminates the requirement to plug into mains electricity for recharging of electrical devices.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  October 2, 2002

MobileWise, of Los Altos, California, has announced a system that eliminates the requirement to plug into mains electricity for recharging of electrical devices. MobileWise offers a desk-based system called Wire-free Electricity Base that allows PDAs, notebooks and mobile phones to be recharged simply by placing them on its surface.

According to the company, the device resembles a desk blotter in size but is like a mouse pad in that it is invulnerable to food and drink spillages. It does not emit radiation or cause radio interference and metallic objects can be put on it without fear of damage. The mobile device then has an integrated adapter that enables it to draw power from the base.

The first company to take up this technology will be Acer, which plans to launch products using the technology in the first half of next year. “Acer will be the first to deliver a mobile PC that offers true mobility, added-value and ease of use to customers,” said Arif Maskatia, vice president and chief technology officer of Acer.

“Safe wire-free electricity is something the market has been asking for and Acer once again is in a leading position,” he added.

“The mobile devices of tomorrow will be recharged and powered with no need for power adapters, chargers and cords,” said MobileWise CEO Andy Goren. “Acer’s readiness to implement safe wire-free electricity technology will help mobile professionals cut the last cord.”

MobileWise explained that the recharging is done by conduction rather than radiation, hence the lack of potentially dangerous radiation or signal interferences. It is also designed to feed power at the same rate as a normal charger and will recharge a device to its capacity whether it is on or off. The company’s web site says that the applications for public places like hotels, airports and malls are obvious and that it expects to see the Wire-free Electrical Base become popular in many such settings.

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