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Charge any device in the room with infrared lightWe demoed an up-and-coming wireless technology that promises to charge your electronics without using a charging pad at all.
How would you like to charge your smartphone, your wireless speaker, or any other wireless device without using a charger at all? I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNet and I'm gonna give you a quick demo of a new kind of technology that we're not gonna see for a couple of years, but it's really cool so I have to show you anyway. This comes from a startup called Y-Charge. Very simple. We've got a transmitter in the ceiling. It could eventually be tucked into a lightbulb or, you know, any other fixture. And then ont he smartphone here we've got a reliever in the device. Right now, this is just a demo so it's just in the case. Basically, infra-red light beams from the transmitter to the receiver on this device, and it will charge it. So, imagine that you are in an airport or your own home or in a coffee shop, all it means it means is that you can take whatever the device is, say a phone, and drop it anywhere within that range and it will automatically start charging. [MUSIC] So that means you never have to worry about your battery life, wherever the system is in place. Now, the devices will charge, as long as its within line of sight from the transmitter. And as soon as you cover that up, it stops. Now, the range is gonna be between 15 and 30 feet. The distance from the transmitter to the receiver. But it will cover an entire room. And you can charge multiple products at the same time. There are a lot more details, so make sure you check cnet.com for more. Now I know you're dying to know when you're going to start seeing this in your own devices. Well, the first generation will come to the smart home in 2016, and then for other devices, like smart phones, after that in 2017. >But, at first you're going to start seeing the receiver embedded in aftermarket cases, and dongles. Things like that. And then later on, some of the makers will also start embedding it into their own devices, so you don't even have to worry about that. That's it for the (inaudible), so you can find out much more about the technology at cnet.com.