Here’s How Tech Companies Are Making Waves

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently filed for a patent on a new form of wireless charging using “near-field magnetic resonance,” or NFMR, that can charge a properly equipped device from around a meter away. This technology could be put in computers so that users’ iPhones would charge while still in their pockets, and other devices like wireless mice and keyboards could similarly be charged and remove all battery requirements.

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While this technology is a leap forward from the current charging pads, it still would require the NFMR power source to get its power from a wall somewhere, which would likely entail a wire. It’s not all over for the current charging pad technology though, as there are still those who find novel ways to use the technology.

For a truly wireless charging solution, French designer Vivien Muller developed a solar-powered wireless charging pad. The device, known as the Electree+, doesn’t need to be plugged in, and as long as a cell phone has wireless induction charging hardware built in, no wires need be involved. Currently, Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) Lumia 920, LG’s Nexus 4, and HTC’s Droid DNA feature induction charging hardware and could simply be set on the Electree+ to charge away for as long as the sun shines.

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