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[CES 2009] Powermat Wireless Charging

By Evan Ackerman

Last year we saw a couple different stabs at wireless power, including WildCharge, PowerCast, and eCoupled. Power cords suck, and with the potentially beneficial establishment of a Wireless Power Consortium, we’re all hoping that we can do away with those horrible betanglements behind our desks sooner rather than later. Powermat has a consumer solution ready to go, with the familiar hardware combination of a non-conductive charging mat and adapters for various devices. You can either plug (!) your gadget into a Powermat enabled dock, plug (!) it into an adapter which gets placed on a Powermat, or equip it with a case with an integrated Powermat receiver:

Powermat is also apparently able to transmit data through the same system, allowing the transfer of audio and video at unspecified rates, which could be neat. But, the big question is when will wireless charging capability be integrated into the devices themselves, and Powermat’s obligatory answer is that they’re “working on it.” I dunno, guys… I’m a little bit worried that until that actually happens, the rest of us (i.e. the consumer base) are just going to suck it up and keep plugging stuff in rather than have to buy a bunch of expensive adapters.

The mat part of the Powermat system will hit retail in Q4 for about $100, and the adapters will go for between $25 and $35 each.

[ Powermat ]








  • Derek

    it might take a while for the integration into the devices but still, not having to use all the wires? charging all the portable devices in one spot? I'll buy it

  • carrie h

    I'm so in – can't wait to get my own!

  • Derek

    it might take a while for the integration into the devices but still, not having to use all the wires? charging all the portable devices in one spot? I'll buy it

  • carrie h

    I'm so in – can't wait to get my own!

  • ALBinDENVER

    I cannot wait to purchase the powermat product!!!

  • Gabe

    Awesome!

  • mp8675309

    I can't wait to get rid of 3 power cords on my desk!

  • Gabe

    Awesome!

  • mp8675309

    I can't wait to get rid of 3 power cords on my desk!

  • asmith68

    What makes this so worth it is the convenience. After the initial investment the cost of adapters is pennies per day over the life of the device. I want one!!

  • Rob

    This is amazing. Once the big boys get on board there will finally be no more cords.

    I love it!!!

  • agraham

    What a great idea! eliminates a ton of cords and great for travel when you forget your cell phone charger!!

  • Nath

    I'm impressed that the sleeve actually looks decent. When i saw that the devices need the sleeve I was skeptical, but I think it will actually look decent as well as keeping my iPhone scratch free. I wanna see one in action.

  • Amy M

    I'm excited to try this out for myself once it hits the market; I look forward to no longer having to carry cords for my iPod, cell phone, blackberry and laptop everywhere I go.

  • chica_lauren

    The PowerMat means I can buy more electronic gizmos to charge at my desk without having to worry about another cord. Awesome! Do you know when this will definitely be released?

  • Amy R.

    I need one for the office and maybe even 2 for home – I can't wait for it to come out!

  • Amy M

    I'm excited to try this out for myself once it hits the market; I look forward to no longer having to carry cords for my iPod, cell phone, blackberry and laptop everywhere I go.

  • chica_lauren

    The PowerMat means I can buy more electronic gizmos to charge at my desk without having to worry about another cord. Awesome! Do you know when this will definitely be released?

  • Amy R.

    I need one for the office and maybe even 2 for home – I can't wait for it to come out!

  • ND

    I will buy one immediately. I can't wait. This is exactly what technology should do, make life easier.

  • James

    This is a real revolution in technology. I usually wait until at least the 2nd or 3rd generation before picking up a gadget, but I think I'll get one of these at launch.

  • geovannatter

    The Powermat is a must have for every house, office, etc. Cannot wait to pick one up.

  • geovannatter

    The Powermat is a must have for every house, office, etc. Cannot wait to pick one up.

  • AnaM

    I can't wait to get one. I'm so sick of all the cords around the house!

  • Linda

    Cannot wait to find out more about this product. It sounds awesome and like a good idea to a common problem.

  • DKS

    I'm in! I'm looking forward to getting one and not having so many cords all over the place.

  • DKS

    I'm in! I'm looking forward to getting one and not having so many cords all over the place.

  • Mike

    WOOT!! First Post!! This thing looks awesome!

  • Mike

    WOOT!! First Post!! This thing looks awesome!

  • Eklethrop

    Holy MONKEY this is a great idea!! I have been waiting for this FOREVER!!! Sign me up!

  • StephA

    This is a great idea! Space saver for travelers and no more fighting for outlet space! Thanks, Powermat!!

  • Ernie

    Powermat is a fantastic idea. I can't wait until they hit the stores!

  • gerb

    This idea has been kicking around for a while now – nice to see it finally coming to market!

  • marti573

    Watch out world, this product is so amazing! I can't wait to get one. My iPod will never be uncharged again :)

  • dponce80

    To the people who have been leaving glowing comments for Powermat: we're not stupid. We like Powermat, but this practice is cheap and makes Powermat look bad, regardles of whether they're aware you're doing this or not. I'm closing the comments here, you can spam someone else.

  • dponce80

    To the people who have been leaving glowing comments for Powermat: we're not stupid. We like Powermat, but this practice is cheap and makes Powermat look bad, regardles of whether they're aware you're doing this or not. I'm closing the comments here, you can spam someone else.

  • dponce80

    To the people who have been leaving glowing comments for Powermat: we're not stupid. We like Powermat, but this practice is cheap and makes Powermat look bad, regardles of whether they're aware you're doing this or not. I'm closing the comments here, you can spam someone else.