Universal wireless charging ElectroHub to demo at CES 2011

This new wireless charging hub is designed to work with all battery-operated electronics.

The ElectroHub wireless charging station comes with compliant batteries to replace your electronics' originals.
The ElectroHub wireless charging station comes with compliant batteries to replace your electronics' originals. ElectroHub

Wireless charging stations for electronics have been a hot topic ever since the introduction of the Powermat and the universal wireless charger standard was established . These methods, however, require the battery-operated devices to be compliant with the wireless charging standard they use. This means other products, namely the majority of all electronics, won't be able to take advantage of them.

The ElectroHub, which will debut at CES 2011, is a new wireless charging station that's designed to work with virtually all electronic devices. Though the details are still a little sketchy, basically this new charging station works similarly to the way the Powermat does, but instead of requiring the electronic device to be complaint (i.e., by using a special case), it provides ElectroHub batteries, which come in standard sizes like AA and AAA.

By swapping the device's original battery for an ElectroHub battery, you'll turn it into one that's ElectroHub-compatible, and now you can charge it just by putting it on top ElectroHub. The hub--measuring 9.2 inches by 6.1 inches by 0.8 inch and weighing only 11 ounces--is designed to charge up to six devices at a time.

Obviously, there are devices that have nonreplaceable batteries. In this case, the user can get a protective case that works as a converter to charge the device's internal battery with the hub, similar to how the Powermat works.

The ElectroHub is slated to be available during the first quarter of 2011 and will cost $39, which includes one set of ElectroHub batteries. Other battery sets can be purchased separately and are estimated to cost another $10, which is about the same price as a set of generic rechargeable batteries.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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