If there's one unifying factor between all current desktop displays, it's that they need some sort of wired power connection before the screen will fire up. That may not be the case for much longer however, as Fujitsu showed off the world's first truly wireless display at CeBIT 2011 this morning.
The 22 inch screen has neither video nor power cables connecting it to a PC. Instead it uses a wireless data and power transmission protocol known as Smart Universal Power Access (SUPA).
Working on a similar principle to a Powermat or HP Touchstone, the Fujitsu wireless monitor will use magneto-induction and inductive charging to transfer both power and data to the screen. A wireless USB connection between PC and monitor will sync the two together, with the screen powered by inductive charge mats built into your desk. It will allow the user in a limited capability to move the screen around an office (providing there are more compatible workstations available, and no further than 10 metres from the paired PC) without needing to untangle a mess of wiring first.
Though only in the prototype stages at the moment, Fujitsu are looking to have a commercially avaialble model ready for B2B sale by next year. And while talks are already in place concerning implementation in public transport services such as trains and planes, they expect it to be the best part of a decade before the technology is widespread in the home.
Hit the video above to take a look.