hrmpf caused quite a stir in the rumor community back in February when it reported on Apple’s inductive charging patent filing. Well, according to the Mossberg Solution at wsj.com, it looks like a company called WildCharge Inc. beat Apple to the punch on their popular portable devices.
They haven’t done inductive charging (like Braun-Oral B does with their toothbrushes for instance) but they have made small adapters that have connection points to the flat surface – which should give similar results. (thx commenter)
We think it’d be a great convenience to charge our iPhones like this, but it would be really be off the hook (pun?) if Apple would work in a WiFi sync to go along with it (ahem – Macworld Expo), so we can free up a USB port.
So what do you all think? Ready to shell out an extra hundred bucks for the privelege not to charge your iPhone/iPod touch with the cradle? Or are we all waiting for iPhone2 with 3G and built-in inductive charging? And maybe you are worried about electrocuting your cat and/or wasting too much precious energy with the inefficiencies of this device? Do tell…