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[CES 2011] Wireless Inductive Charging – Not Just For Glowing Cereal Boxes Any More

eCouple Induction Charged Tesla (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

As cool as it looked (and trust me, it looked a LOT cooler in person than in the photos we posted) Fulton Innovation’s concept glowing packaging for cereal boxes and other products is probably not going to see the light of day for a while. I have no doubt the concept would boost sales, but I can’t see stores replacing or upgrading their shelving with induction chargers anytime soon. However, thanks to the recent boon of electric cars, the country is slowly being populated with electric charging stations. And Fulton Innovation felt they should remind everyone that their convenient wireless charging solutions are not just limited to cereal boxes or gadgets.

As a proof of concept, at their booth this year they had a Tesla which is actually charged via the company’s induction charging technology. The vehicle is simply parked over a charging pad which is highlighted with a glowing blue ring around it, and thanks to a retro-fitted adapter on the underside of the Tesla, it will start charging once they’re in the general range of each other. And since you can’t see under your car, they’re powerful enough that you don’t necessarily have to be parked directly on top of it for the charging to start. At the moment there are no electric vehicles on the market that are able to charge via a system like this, but reps from Fulton Innovation did mention they were definitely in talks with several manufacturers.







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