Chargers are one of the banes of being a tech dork. It’s a necessary evil, but they’re a pain in the ass to keep track of. That goes doubly if you travel a lot. I really can’t even begin to express how many chargers I’ve left in anonymous hotel rooms, never to be seen again. And what woe there is when you discover your charger missing miles away from home as your phone hangs on its last battery bar or your laptop gurgles for power. But a new device out of Arizona aims to change all of that.
WildCharge approaches the charging dilemma somewhat differently. Rather than using multiples chargers for all of your devices, it utilizes a single, lightweight charger. What’s more, it’s a charger like no other.
As you can see in these preliminary images (and by preliminary I mean, this in no way resembles the production model, it’s just to give you an idea of how the process works), the WildCharge is just a plate-like accessory. Devices rest on top of it and charge through osmosis.
“Charging and powering a device is now as simple as placing it on a table,” says WildCharge President Izhar Matzkevich. “Multiple devices with varying power needs can be placed anywhere and at any orientation on the WildCharger, all receiving full, uninterrupted power as if plugged directly to the wall.”
The slight catch is that devices will need to be equipped with something in the realm of a special faceplate to allow the exchange to take place, but it’s still a much easier solution. Rather than having to tote around a collection of chargers, you can simply carry the WildCharge and your mobile devices equipped with the special charging adapters.
WildCharge, Inc. intends its charger to be available in Q1 of 2007. We’ll keep you posted as this one develops further.
EDIT: So I’ve been called on using “osmosis,” and you guys are right, it most definitely doesn’t charge through osmosis. The correct term is “induction.” Thanks for being vigilant to my stupidity.