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Your new power source: light

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Although wireless charging startup Wi-Charge uses light to charge up devices like smartphones and portable speakers, we're not talking about solar power.

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Instead, an overhead transmitter like this rather clunky prototype here will beam out infrared light.

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The invisible infrared beam will hit a receiver, in this case the silver plate on this case, which has been built for demo purposes.

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Once captured, the receiver converts light energy back into electrical energy to charge the device, making this type of wireless charging suited to larger spaces, like your home or a coffee shop.

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There's a lot more to know about this fresh, new wireless charging approach. Read more about Wi-Charge here.

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