Chrysler recently announced that it will be offering wireless in-vehicle charging stations for your mobile devices. For $200 bucks you can clear your car of messy wires that clutter it, while charging your smartphone. The forthcoming Dodge Dart will be the first of vehicles to feature the “Powermat-like” technology. The car is set to hit dealer lots this summer, and is offering a great alternative to the compact car market.
The power bin is integrated into the cars center consoles, measuring about 8-inches x 9-inches x 3-inches deep. The grid becomes activated when your device is dropped in and shuts off when your device is removed. However, there is a small catch to the system, like the Powermat, Chrysler’s system too calls for a special case to be used in conjunction with its power bin. The case is included with the power bin package.
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We're big fans of what Powermat has to offer here at Gear Live HQ, and that's why we think it's appropriate to feature them in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. What you've got here is a little panel with a built-in battery pack that lets you wirelessly charge your mobile devices. It folds up and is small enough to throw in a bag, and won't take up much space at all on a desk. On a full charge, you can charge an iPhone five times. The Powermat Travel Mat comes with adapters that allow you to charge any USB device, Nintendo DS, a few proprietary phone connectors, and iOS devices. The cool part here is that you just set your device on the mat, and it starts charging.
They typically sell for $130, but Amazon's got 'em for $69 right now.
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We’ve gotta say, what Powermat has going on with their wireless charging technology is very cool. At CES 2010 we spoke to Powermat President, Ron Ferber, about the products that the company currently has on the market for wirelessly charging device like the iPhone, BlackBerry, iPod, and Nintendo DS. He also gave us a look at some products that will be available in the future.
If you are tired of having to constantly plug your mobile devices into a wall outlet or USB port in order to charge them, you’ll wanna take a look at what Powermat can do. If you wanna get your own, here you go:
- Powermat Home and Office Mat
- Powermat Receiver Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS
- Powermat Battery Door for BlackBerry Bold
- Powermat Battery Door for BlackBerry Curve
A big thank you to Bing for sponsoring Gear Live’s CES 2010 coverage.
Powermat combines a super-thin mat and receiver to wirelessly charge 3 to 6 electronic devices, all at the same rate as their own chargers. Using magnetic induction, there are a dozen different receivers that will work with phones, PDAs, headsets, MP3 players, handheld games, GPS units, laptops, batteries, cameras, and more. For example, the one for home use comes with a storage tray and can handle up to 4 devices and has a USB port to charge a fifth. A fall debut is expected, so sign up on their site if you would like to be notified when the Powermats become available.
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