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Innovative surface materials could someday charge gadgets for homeowners


Mobile devices have become nearly ubiquitous in today’s world, leaving the modern home overrun with gaggles of power cords and peppered with electrical outlets. For all of the advancements made with wireless technologies over the past decade, charging one’s smartphone, tablet or laptop remains a rather archaic affair.

Take a quick glimpse into the future and the way homeowners charge mobile devices may radically change. That’s because a number of companies, including DuPont, are exploring countertop and tabletop materials that can be used not only for attractive surfaces but conductive qualities allowing them to transmit a charge directly to a device.

As contributor Mike Elgan writes,

“In the future you’ll never have to consciously charge your phone. Just setting it down on a kitchen table, bedside table, coffee table or desk will charge it, because a wireless charger will be built into every surface you might set your phone on … DuPont, for example, plans to embed wireless charging technology into its Corian synthetic granite countertops; gadgets can be charged by simply placing them on the surface.”

This innovation could give builders and architects much more flexibility when planning electrical, allowing them to cutback significantly on the number of outlets present in the office, kitchen and even the bedroom.