The future is unattached!
Since the dawn of wireless charging – which isn’t really that far off – we’ve seen this tech take over gadgets and everyday life. From wireless charging tables in high-tech McDonald’s, to wireless charging attachments that will allow everyday gadgets to charge wirelessly, to co-working spaces equipped with wireless charging in tables, the trend seems to be the next big thing.
And for good reason. More and more people are realizing that a wireless life is worth living.
But where do we go from here? Aside from smartphones and tablets, we haven’t really seen anything new, at least not in the mainstream market. How can this top tech enrich our lives outside of charging mobile devices?
Wireless technology creeping into other gadgets
The good news is tech grows at an amazingly fast pace. Of course, this means that manufacturers are becoming more and more inventive: Wireless charging in automobiles, wireless charging mats in all different shapes and sizes that can accommodate many-a-different devices that are not just phones, and even reverse wireless charging phones (looking at you, Huawei). Although it may not be so commonplace to normal users, the proliferation of this new tech is undoubtedly growing steadily. We’re now seeing a number of gadgets that aren’t phones with wireless charging capabilities: watches like the Samsung Galaxy Watch, wireless earphones like Apple’s AirPods, and there’s even a laptop from Dell that can charge wirelessly. Not to mention, there are now various devices that allow normal gadgets to be powered up with wireless charging. If this isn’t indicative of the wireless trend, I don’t know what is.
Is the future cordless?
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, the Wireless Power Consortium shows us how wireless power can be of use in a different way: Powering kitchen appliances in a kitchen fitted with wireless charging. Imagine a clear counter that can power appliances without cords the way phones are charged by wireless charging in tables. It’s a pretty amazing concept using tech we already have and utilize a different way. It’s also a great way of applying this popular tech in a space we haven’t really considered. Plus, I’m pretty sure cooking in a wireless space would make for a very satisfying experience.
But since we started at kitchens, why stop there? Imagine wireless home entertainment centres, or cordless office spaces. Imagine never having to plug in an appliance with cords ever again. The future looks bright — and untethered!
With the growing push for wireless tech, it won’t be a surprise if this wireless revolution hits us very soon. The Wireless Power Consortium, for instance, is planning to push their wireless power standard to the public as early as next year.
Of course, wireless charging, as it exists, is not 100% perfect. But, it’s also only a matter of time before tech without wires catches up. With personal gadgets taking the lead and the kitchen soon following, it’s not hard to imagine others aspects of our daily living turning to the unattached ways.