One admittedly cool thing about the Palm Pre is its ability to charge without plugging the device into a power adapter. With the Pre’s Touchstone technology (sold separately for around $50) you simply put the device down on the block and it begins charging. The magic is in the back plate which allows for wireless inductive current to charge the phone.
iPhone owners now have the option to "wirelessly" charge their Apple products. WildCharge sent us a press release (below) on their new product for iPhone which allows you to do basically the same thing as the Pre’s Touchstone…perhaps even better. The conductive back is provided through a iPhone protective cover and it charges via a mouse-pad sized (8"x6") mat. WildCharge’s mat is big enough to share with other devices as well.
The NYTimes reviewed their previous products and found them very likable. The iPhone version will be available in two weeks. The iPod touch version you can buy now.
WildCharge wire-free power experience now available for Apple devices
WildCharge introduces WildCharge Skins for the iPhone and iPod touch, the first wire-free charging solutions for the world’s most popular portable devices. The WildCharge Skin for iPhone is compatible with the new iPhone 3G S, as well as the 3G and original iPhone. WildCharge Skins are durable, protective, form-fitting cases that when placed on the WildCharger Pad, transfer wire-free power from the Pad to the device inside the skin. The soft cases provide the same protection consumers already enjoy from traditional skins, but have the added value and convenience of enabling a wire-free charge.