Leading iPhone accessory makers Griffin have opened their first brick-mortar store. And despite the company hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, they've picked good old Blighty (and more specifically the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford to play host to it. Showcasing their…
What if you never had to plug any of your gadgets in to charge them ever again? No stray wires running around your walls, no need to remember to pack numerous chargers when going on holiday and of course there are the financial and ecological benefits as well.
Well, this could well become a possibility. Nokia has got their boffins in Cambridge working on a technique whereby a phone can remain in standby mode and effectively charge itself using just ambient radio waves.
I’m no scientist, but I’ve done the research and I understand it as thus:
Waves in the air, such as Wi-Fi, radio, television and so forth can be harnessed and converted into enough juice to power your gadgets.
The system needs a bit more developing though, currently the boffins are only able to gather between three to five milliwatts of power and they need this figure to be more like 50 milliwatts in order for it to work in practice.
If they do manage to master this system, the possibilities are pretty immense. On the flip side, how scary is it that, potentially, there is enough electricity floating about in the air to charge mobile phones? How our brains don’t get frazzled remains a mystery to me.
So there I was, going away for a festive weekend break to the Christmas markets of Brussels in Belgium with the other half. Thankfully, I was taking Eurostar rather than flying and there’s no real luggage restrictions. And what else was different about this trip to the dozens of foreign jaunts I’ve had in the past?
Well, for once I didn’t have to lug about 73 different leads and chargers with me – making my bag feel like it’s full of bricks and my shoulder cracking under the weight.
Yes, I’ve finally managed to break out the iGO I’ve had sitting in my cupboard for a few months and boy, is it one of those little life-changing gadgets that only really come around once in a while…