If you are the type of person who tends to lose your device chargers a lot, you may be interested to know that Apple is working on technology that will charge your iPad just by sitting it near your computer. A recently discovered patent includes design information for near-field magnetic resonance technology to send juice to devices nearby.
Entitled, “Wireless Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment,” this new system is a method for sending and receiving electricity at such a level that is strong enough to charge your fourth-generation iPad.
Apple wants to create a way to transfer electricity from a power source to a receiver within a distance a few times larger than both objects involved in the transfer, about a meter.
Wireless charging technology would minimize, or even eliminate, the need for wall chargers that are messy and easy to misplace. Apple’s technology hopes to improve charging capabilities as well. The wireless method would allow a number of peripheral devices to be charged at the same time because the meter-wide field would exist for everything.
This technology would not only help charge your iPad and iPhone, but it would also charge your battery-powered mouse and keyboard for your desktop or laptop. Your home office, or workstation for that matter, could become a one-stop charging spot for all your battery powered gadgets and accessories.