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Wireless charging hasn't exactly taken the world by storm, by almost any measure you look at. That said, there's still hope for the technology, but it will likely require less expensive components, more powerful capabilities (wirelessly powering a TV or laptop, for example), and greater corporate support. The tech is getting precisely that with a new agreement between Duracell and Starbucks. The two have ironed out a deal that will see Powermat charging pads placed at a number of highly visited Starbucks locations in the Silicon Valley area -- an area that's teeming with consumers who actually... Read more...
As if you needed another reason to camp out at Starbucks and write your novel or do homework dink around on Facebook, the coffee chain is rolling out a trial of Duracell Powermat wireless charging stations in 17 Boston-area stores. "We're building the Powermat technology into some of the tabletops, just to get a sense for how our customers will react, compared to having to plug their mobile devices into the wall”, Starbucks chief digital officer Adam Brotman told Boston.com. If you don’t have a device or accessory that enables wireless charging, Starbucks will have a few to loan out,... Read more...
There are a few facts of life for Americans: life, death and taxes. Outside of those, here are a few more facts gathered by a new survey conducted on behalf of Duracell. The IPSOS poll found that Americans love gadgets and parents in particular have more electronic devices in their households than the general adult population, with 75% of parents relying on mobile devices to "help them accomplish things they need to do during the day." With the explosion in popularity surrounding smartphones (and cellphones in general), that's not a shocker. But the 75% number may be. What fascinates us about this... Read more...
Wireless charging still has some ways to go before it's truly useful across a broad spectrum of devices. Right now, wireless charging is usually limited to a small pad for charging up phones, and even then you need an accessory case to make the phone compatible. Until wireless charging modules are actually built into phones (the Palm Touchstone was definitely a good effort), it's hard to see this technology truly going mainstream. But here's something that every gizmo owner has: a device that charges via USB. Whether it's a smartphone, a GPS system or a media player, USB is the de facto charging... Read more...
If you've ever squinted in the dark trying to replace batteries in your digital camera, flashlight, or other electronic device, Microsoft's latest InstaLoad battery installation technology should catch your eye. This new technology lets users install a battery without regard to positive and negative polarity. The InstaLoad technology is now available for license by third-party device suppliers, and companies such as Duracell have already taken interest in the technology. The technology is compatible with standard battery types we use today including AA, AAA, C and D size batteries. Dan McCarthy,... Read more...