The Case-Mate Hug is a wireless inductive charger, a lot like the Powermat or Palm's Touchstone. Inductive chargers let you plop your gadget down onto a special surface for charging, rather than fiddling around with wires—and the Hug is one of the best out there.
Wirelesspower. You've heard about it, you want it...but until we get our hands on it, there's just the existing wireless charging tech to please your wire-free urges. Except that, according to Strategy Analytics, it's kind of useless.
"Wires, wires, wires" or possibly "a nest of vipers" could serve as a description for the space beneath my desk, where my MacBook's battery cable snakes through a spaghetti of others from my phone, my digital-picture frame keyring, my wife's phone charger, and my plug-in iPod charger. I wish that all of it were wirelessly chargeable. And it may be...soon, with Qualcomm's new eZone system.
I'm standing next to a Croatian-born American genius in a half-empty office in Watertown, Massachusetts, and I'm about to be fried to a crisp. Or I'm about to witness the greatest advance in electrical science in a hundred years. Maybe both.
Either way, all I can think of is my electrician, Billy Sullivan. Sullivan has 11 tattoos and a voice marinated in Jack Daniels. During my recent home renovation, he roared at me when I got too close to his open electrical panel: "I'm the Juice Man!" he shouted. "Stay the hell away from my juice!"
Our wireless power article showcased new products that you don't need to plug in to charge up—but they still use a base station that's tethered to some kind of power supply. Now Intel has demonstrated an even more innovative way to draw power. It's a wireless device that grabs its energy from a freely-available and abundant source: radio transmissions.