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Wi-Charge's wireless charger tops up devices with infrared light (pictures)

What's better than laying your smartphone on a specific area to charge it wirelessly? Putting it anywhere you want.

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Your new power source: light

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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The transmitter

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

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Light, received

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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Power up

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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More to learn

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

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