Friday, November 27, 2009


The gadget that seems to have captured the lion’s share of the geek imagination in TechRepublic’s Geek Gift Guide 2009 is the Powermat wireless charger, which recharges your other electronic gadgets, like the iPhone 3G S for example, wirelessly using magnetic induction. That’s what I said, magnetic induction. Just try to get a more geek-worthy gift than that for around $100.

The other compelling thing about the Powermat is that it is a glimpse into the future. At CES in 2009, there were several companies showing prototype systems that use magnetic induction to power everything from room lighting to small appliances in the kitchen. The George Jetson lifestyle may be closer than you think.

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