Laptops to charge smartphones wirelessly?

Intel proved it’s possible

Intel last week proved that smartphones could be charged wirelessly using a laptop.

During the Computex event last week, Intel showcased proof of concept by charging a smartphone wirelessly using a laptop. A Samsung smartphone was placed alongside an Acer Aspire laptop and powered it wirelessly.

The laptop used a plug-in transmitter module for charging, with the smartphone’s receiver placed alongside the laptop transmitter. Once the connection was made, a ping sound and notification confirmed it was charging.

According to Intel, the system can deliver upwards of three watts of power when charging. As for duration, Intel says if you took it to a meeting, your smartphone will be fully powered by the time the meeting is done.

However, industry insiders are already poking holes in the system. One concern revolves around laptop power. If the system is going to drain power from your laptop, the overall result is a ‘zero sum game’ because you will have to keep charging your laptop.

Intel is thinking of porting the system to other electronic devices.

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