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Charging

— Automotive

California to get utility-owned EV charging stations with dynamic pricing

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a pilot program that will see public utility San Diego Gas & Electric install and operate 3,500 new charging stations for electric vehicles. Charges for plugging in to charge an electric vehicle will vary according to time of day in a scheme meant to encourage off-peak charging when renewable power sources are more plentiful.

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— Wearables

PowearIN jacket wires your torso with a kitchen sink of tech

Battling the likes of the Tec Jacket 2.0 for the title of "world's most high-tech jacket," the all-new PowearIN jacket gives you surplus pocket space for gadgetry, integrated gadget charging, a built-in flashlight and a wireless dial to control external devices. It can even transform into a messenger bag and carry your your electronics on your shoulder when it's too hot for a waterproof-breathable coat.

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— Around The Home

FurniQi furniture line seamlessly integrates Qi wireless charging tech

Having previously released the WoodPuck charger made of bamboo and a Qistone+ wireless power bank that looks like a zen stone, London-based Fonesalesman is following in Ikea's footsteps by integrating Qi wireless charging technology into its planned FurniQi furniture range. The company was at IFA with a prototype bamboo side table that is set to be the first FurniQi product.

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— Electronics

New wireless power tech can charge multiple devices in any orientation

Scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed an omnidirectional wireless charging technology that can charge multiple devices at once, at a distance and, crucially, at peak efficiency regardless of which way the devices are facing. The technology, said to be safe for humans, is set to be trialled in cafes and offices and could allow for much more convenient charging of mobile devices.

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— Digital Cameras

Polar Pro PowerVault case packs and charges your GoPro

As anyone who has ever used an action camera will know, they have a nasty tendency of chewing through batteries just when you're in the worst possible situation to recharge them, whether that's halfway up a mountain or at the beach. Polar Pro is attempting to address this issue with the launch of the PowerVault, a GoPro carrying case which can charge a GoPro battery five times thanks to its own built-in battery.

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