|My "wireless" charger for the HP Touchpad|
Which brings me to wireless charging.
This is the one technology that comes to mind where "wireless" is not wireless AT ALL. Look at the picture above. There is a long wire attached and mobility is surely not enhanced much if at all with this device. The actual name for this type of charging is "inductive" charging where an electromagnetic field is used to transfer energy. The issue with this is that there must still be physical contact to transfer the energy. Thus, it is not wireless at all. Awesome wireless energy transfer like what the great inventor Tesla has yet to make it into consumer hands. Wireless charging is a bit of a misnomer. Imagine being told that to use WiFi, you have to physically attach your laptop or device to something and leave it there. That would not be very wireless at all, would it?
|My HP Touchpad "Wirelessly" charging.|
With that said there are positive and negative aspects to inductive charging. The one positive thing that I can think about is if your device has a "picture frame" option. You can't beat the clean look or wireless charging. Android and WebOS devices have this feature built in via "Daydream" and "Exhibition" modes. When you connect the device to the inductive charger, it simply turns on a special mode similar to a screensaver on a PC. It can show weather, pictures, news, etc. It's very slick actually.
|Flipboard running on "Daydream" mode via Android 4..3 Jellybean|
Sadly, this will wear your screen and battery down much faster and shorten the life of your device in the long run but chances are that the tech enthusiast will replace their device long before that becomes an issue. It sure is pretty though.
Summarizing the negative aspects however:
- You are still tethered to a wire.
- You lose mobility of your device.
- It's expensive compared to traditional port charging.
- There are multiple incompatible standards.
Those are just a few things to think about, and if you come up with a more accurate name then feel free to leave it in the comments section. Maybe a marketing guru will use it to their advantage in the future.