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CES: Fulton Innovation turns tablets into wireless chargers

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Wed Jan 09 2013, 22:20
Fulton Technologies Wireless Innovation

LAS VEGAS: LITTLE KNOWN FIRM Fulton Innovation showed The INQUIRER its unique two-way wireless charging technology today at the Consumer Electronics Show, technology that allows you to charge a discharged smartphone by placing it on top of a tablet.

We got our hands on the firm's innovative technology, which uses the Qi global standard for wireless power set by the Wireless Power Consortium. This means that you can charge a device such as a smartphone by sitting it on the back of your tablet device, and Fulton Innovation tells us that this technology will work anywhere in the world including the UK.

We tested the technology using a Motorola smartphone and a Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, and found that it worked surprisingly well. Saying that, we're not sure how many gadget owners will be happy having both their smartphone and tablet out of action at once, but it's a great idea for charging devices overnight or while on the move.

"We're excited to return to CES as it allows us to showcase the next generation of wireless power innovations developed by our award-winning team of scientists," said Dave Baarman, director of advanced technologies for Fulton Innovation.

"We've spent the last 14 years contributing to the wireless power industry and now our technology is built into 70 percent of the 10+ million Qi based devices on the market today. Wireless power is rapidly becoming a must-have feature in the latest smartphones and we're proud to be a part of the rapidly growing market."

That's not all Fulton Innovation had up its sleeve at this year's Las Vegas technology show. The company also showed off a bunch of different wireless gizmos, including a device that charges a Nokia Lumia smartphone while it's in a handbag, and home furniture that comes with wireless charging capabilities.

This technology confirms the trend that smartphones and tablets are moving away from wired charging, with firms like Nokia, HTC and Google equipping phones with the ability to be charged wirelessly. There's also talk that Apple will add a wireless charging feature to its next iPhone, but this remains to be seen. µ


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