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>> The promise of wireless charging, where are you? Life is still tangled up in wires for the monitors, the laptop, the TV, the cell phone, the batteries. And plugs and extension cords still get to show up at the world's biggest tech expo, CES. But ideas are lighting up here to untangle our lives.
I'm Reuters' Jane Lanhee Lee, here at CES in Las Vegas One company thinks it's found the solution. EPC, based in California, says it's invented a wireless charging technology, an antenna that's small, cheap, efficient, and works on a large surface. Michael DuRoy is the inventor.>> What we have here is a wirelessly powered table.
The entire surface of the table is able to receive power.>> DeRoy says the technology will eventually get woven into wallpaper, flooring, carpet, so we won't have to see another cable again. Really, when?>> I think it's close to a tipping point, is the thing. And that's what we're looking for.
And more people will be interested now that we can do this economically.>> Alexander Lidow is the CEO of EPC and believes this is the future of wireless charging. His company is part of the air fuel alliance set up to promote similar technologies, but they aren't the norm today.
From Apple to Samsung, gadget makers have been using a different technology called Qi. But the Qi charging pads are finicky and bulky, and it's still one power charger to one device, which equals many cables still. Apple says it's working on an air power device that will be able to charge several devices.
And the wireless industry will be watching to see what technology Apple comes up with to overcome Qi's shortcomings. The answer for Lucas Goretta, CEO of French company WiSurf, is to build many Qi points into tiles that click together. He doesn't think Qi is the future, but says that consumers need something now.
But for now, better keep those cable ties around.