CTIA innovations show just how close we are to wire and cable-free living

Wouldn't it be nice to have computer desks that weren't cluttered with cords, phones that you didn't have to plug in to charge and an easy way to wirelessly share the information from one device to another without a series of cables getting in the way?

During the 2011 edition of CTIA Wireless, companies are lining up to demonstrate how their wireless technologies will play an increasingly significant role in tomorrow's cable-free houses.

Energizer, one of the world's largest battery manufacturers, has branched out into wireless cell phone charging technology and will be on hand at the CTIA Wireless trade show to show off its Inductive Charger with Qi (pronounced "chee") and a Micro/Mini USB Adaptor that adheres to the back of any phone to make it Qi-compatible.

Unlike current solutions from leading wireless charging companies such as Powermat, The Energizer Inductive Charger utilizes a recently agreed upon standard for induction-based charging, Qi.

Companies such as Nokia, HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have started manufacturing devices with built-in Qi-compatibility - in January 2011 LG revealed its first Qi-compatible, Android-powered handset, the LG Revolution - meaning these devices can just be placed on the wireless charger to charge when the battery is low and don't need any adapters.

On March 22 LG announced it will have its own wireless charging solution, the LG WCP-700, displayed at CTIA Wireless. The charger will wirelessly charge a smartphone without the need for any external connections in around 2 hours.

At the 2011 Security Show in Tokyo Panasonic showed off a solar-powered wireless charging table for Qi-compliant devices, providing a glimpse at a future where we simply place our gadgets on our furniture when we want to charge them. The Solar Table with wireless power transmission will be available in the Japanese market as early as the end of 2011.

Fujitsu is also working on a solution for wireless recharging of mobile phones, digital cameras, notebook computers and other portable electronics. The company revealed its solution will use a magnetic resonance method "that can simultaneously recharge various types of portable electronic devices" and can "transmit electricity over a range of up to several meters."

The technology is still being refined and could one day be used for power transmission between circuit boards, computer chips and electric cars. Fujitsu plans to make its wireless charging products available to consumers in 2012.

In March Samsung introduced the SyncMaster C27A750, a 27-inch LED backlight display that enables users to connect any Ultra-Wide Band capable device to the monitor without the need for cables.

Also on the show floor at CTIA Wireless is smartphone-centric computing software company Screenovate. Screenovate is using the event to demonstrate how its wireless beaming technology for Snapdragon-enabled Android smartphones enables users to connect their smartphone to a Smart TV, car display or PC monitor without the need for cables.

The 26th CTIA Wireless runs from March 22 to 24 at the Orange County Convention Center in
Orlando, FL, USA.


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