By David Averbach on Fri, 01/07/2011
It only took 5 minutes of exploring CES to realize that the iOS market is OVERSATURATED. For those of you who slept through economics 101 what I'm trying to say is, everyone and their mom is selling an iPhone/iPad accessory or app. Finding the truly innovative products is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Fortunately for you, our dear reader, I have tirelessly searched the endless sea of products to find the innovations and trends that are going to change your life in 2011 and beyond. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
Todays subject: Wireless Power
Wireless power is the ability to charge your device without having to plug it in. This technology is nothing new, Energizer and Powermat have been doing it for a couple of years now (We've all seen the bleeping comercial.) The exciting trend for 2011 is standardization. Right now if you have a Powermat case you can only charge your device on a Powermat charger if you put your device on an Energizer charger it will not charge.
Enter the Wireless Power Consortium. The Wireless Power Consortium will set an international standard for compatible wireless charging stations. This means that you will now be able to charge wirelessly on any charger that meets the standard. When this standard is adopted you will be able drop charge your phone at airports, coffee shops, subways etc. Eventually this technology will be integrated directly into the phone so you won't need a special case in order to drop charge.
In addition to the convenience of being able to charge your phone anywhere without cords, this technology also has other benefits. If charging becomes easier we will no longer need such large batteries. This will allow our devices to become smaller. It will also have an impact on the environment, as lithium ion batteries or difficult to dispose of.
Well I'm off to continue my quest for innovation. I will be posting in the next couple days about the innovations in cases and headphones. Stay tuned...