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DuPont bringing wireless charging to kitchen countertops

updated 03:57 pm EDT, Thu June 27, 2013

Technology could lead to wireless power for kitchen appliances

DuPont Building Innovations has joined the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and is working with other PMA members on wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets that can be effectively integrated into worktops made with DuPont Corian solid surface, such as that found in the kitchen and bathroom.

"The next phase in wireless power is seeing it embedded into surfaces used for furnishing solutions," said Ron Resnick, President of PMA. "The collaboration between PMA and DuPont Building Innovations marks another step forward in the PMA's vision to make smart wireless power a ubiquitous part of our lives."

PMA was founded by Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble in 2012.  A wide array of PMA-compliant products are available at leading retailers, and compatible "wireless charging spots" have been installed at airports, stadiums, restaurants, gyms, and other public locations.






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  1. pottymouth

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    Joined: 11-19-03

    Hey, that's pretty awesome.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: 01-25-07

    This on that:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging

    Lower efficiency (more electricity)
    Less flexible for usage during charging

    Plus, I'd guess, that thing has to always be on, drawing power (more electricity). I guess you could have the contractor install an on/off switch...

  1. Raman

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    Joined: 03-15-01

    @flying meat - I'd think they'd have some sort of electronic sensor that can sense how much power is being used adjust up or down to nearly off, accordingly? Dunno.

    Honestly, I wouldn't want to install 2013 technology into my kitchen (which might get updated every 10-20 years). Imagine walking into a house you're buying today and they have old 1983 technology in the kitchen. Like one of those new fangled microwave ovens.

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