This feature highlights the electromagnetic permeability of Corian, which actual granite doesn’t have. DuPont imagines a world in which kitchen counters, dining room tables, bathroom sink countertops, bedside tables and coffee tables come with an option for wireless charging.
Coming Soon… Furniture That Charges Your Phone
Does this sound like some sort of futuristic dream?
Wireless charging for mobile phones has been around for a while and it improves all the time. The way it works is similar to other cordless devices (such as your home phone). The base station is plugged in and provides a home for your device.
One step further on from this is a charged mat which creates an electromagnetic field, this passes through the exterior of the phone and electrifies an internal charger, thus charging the phone. This article on the Houzz website gives more information.
However, one step beyond this is a piece of furniture doing the charging. This may still be out of reach for most of us but the technology already exists and is being actively developed by companies such as Corian, as reviewed in this article on the Houzz website.
Corian with wireless charging
Companies are making new progress toward this goal, and wireless charging tables are showing up in public places. A few Starbucks outlets in Silicon Valley have started integrating wireless charging stations into the tables. McDonald’s is also testing the use of wireless charging in Europe. General Motors, Toyota and Chrysler are planning to offer wireless charging to some 2014 model cars.Multipurpose devices such as lamps and clock radios can do double duty as charging stations too. And a few baby steps toward commercially available home tables and countertops that charge gadgets are in the works. DuPont, for example, plans to embed wireless charging technology into its Corian synthetic granite countertops; gadgets can be charged by simply placing them on the surface.
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