Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Apr 2009 18:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Because of this whole Easter thing, news is kind of slow today. So, yes, we are going to talk about a charger and a rumoured release date for the Palm Pre. The Palm Touchstone is a charger that uses magnets to keep the phone in place, while charging it through induction; there's no plugs or anything. Palm has let out more details on this new type of charger, and there have also been a number of hints that the Pre might be released on Queen's Day (April 30 for all of our non-Dutch readers).
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Induction efficieny
by kev009 on Mon 13th Apr 2009 23:24 UTC
kev009
Member since:
2006-11-30

How efficient is induction? It would be a shame if millions of phones started using this simply because it was "cool". Longer charge times, more fossil fuels burnt. Sounds like a big negative to me.

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RE: Induction efficieny
by Ventajou on Mon 13th Apr 2009 23:50 in reply to "Induction efficieny"
Ventajou Member since:
2006-10-31

Feel free to plug yours to a small wind turbine...

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RE: Induction efficieny
by _txf_ on Tue 14th Apr 2009 00:12 in reply to "Induction efficieny"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

It is efficient enough...though not as efficient as plugging it into a socket. With the right contact surfaces (and geometries) and some clever signal processing you can get it so losses are negligible. Systems such as these are already used in industry when there are hazardous environments where having an electrical connection would be too dangerous (in underwater situations unfeasible).

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Or when charging an electric toothbrush.

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