Wireless power is about to become a lot more consumer savvy, if one company has its way.
Rather than offering charging "mats" on which to place your gadgets to charge Fulton innovations, has taken the next logical step and embedded its technology called eCoupled into furniture hidden out of sight.
Launching a new offering with Texas Instruments that allows furniture makers to see how to implement the technology into everything from coffee tables to kitchen counters, the company is showing a number of concept "solutions" that you could see in the home, office and car as soon as this year.
Working with a range of companies including Nokia, Olympus and Dell, the aim is to create a unified standard across multiple manufacturers so an ecosystem would be possible.
For the office, there is a conference table that automatically starts charging devices when they are placed over one of multiple specific spots on the table.
Hidden when not in action, the hope is that the people sitting around the table would be able to charge their phone or laptop without clogging up the desk with cables. Another use would be for a voice conference system without having to drill holes in the table.
Out of the office and into the home, Fulton says the technology to can be put into a kitchen worktop. Appliances like toasters and electric frying pans are then slid into place. The wires gone. Elsewhere power tool maker Bosch is working with the company to add the technology to its tools and a charging workbench.
Finally the company is planning on putting the technology in the car with phones or GPS units dumped on the dashboard to charge them.
Those wanting to get in on the action today can do so with the launch of an iPhone case by case-mate and the Dell Latitude Z laptop launched in September 2009.