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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.Read More

The Candle Charger can power your phone in a blackout

When the power goes out, modern life is thrown into disarray. But thanks to a new Kickstarter project you may not have to worry about your smartphone dying before the electricity comes back on. The Candle Charger is described as an "indoor power plant for smartphones," providing USB charging capabilities with just a candle and five ounces of water.Read More

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.Read More

Mobile Technology

Rubix On makes wireless charging easier with the power of magnets

Wireless charging is a convenient technology, allowing users to charge their smart devices without worrying about cables. But it's still young, and has some problems – specifically the fact that users need to line up the device with the charger correctly to get it to work. This can sometimes end up not being much easier than plugging in. That's why the team at Rubix is developing its On wireless charger and case, which promises to make wireless charging easier thanks to magnets.Read More

Environment

Electric cars to become mini power plants in California’s energy grid

The California utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), has begun bidding energy resources from fleets of electric vehicles and storage systems into the state’s wholesale power market. The pilot program, one of the first of its kind, is meant to provide insights into how electric vehicles and other kinds of distributed energy resources can make the grid more reliable and efficient.Read More

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