Today, manufacturers are starting to see the advantage of a more natural and convenient way of incorporating wireless charging technology into the objects we already have around us, and this is the latest example of the trend: Samsung has unveiled the world’s first monitor with integrated wireless charging for mobile devices.
At first glance, the SE370 doesn’t look all that different from most other computer displays. It’s available in 23.6- and 27-inch configurations, with a classy white and blue finish on the exterior. But look a little closer at the monitor’s stand and you’ll notice that Samsung has integrated a Qi charging pad at the centre of the display’s base.
Lots of people already rest their smartphone in this position (or close to it) while they’re working, so why not give it a little extra juice at the same time?
It’s a simple and effortless way of adding something new to technology and it doesn’t require us to change our habits or hook up new cables to ostensibly cut down on old cables. When users place their smartphone on the stand’s Qi platform, automatic charging is initiated and an LED light confirms that charging is taking place.
According to Seok-gi Kim, Samsung’s SVP of Visual Display Business, in a press release,
Technology should support, not interfere with, active lifestyles. Our customers increasingly rely on mobile devices to obtain information and interact with others; so by doing away with the clutter on their desks, we are helping them to use their mobile devices in a smarter way.”
It’s worth pointing out that only Qi-compatible devices will work with Samsung’s new display – and not devices that use the other kinds of wireless charging technology currently available on the market.
While those three platforms represent the bulk of what’s currently available to buy in terms of wireless charging technology, there’s a huge amount of ongoing research in this area that’s looking to transform the ways we power our devices with even more ambitious innovations.
via Business Insider