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Takoyaki Power Strip offers wireless charging

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2010

This Takoyaki concept power strip is nice to look at and also useful. The sockets are pretty useful since they can be rotated. And each socket allows you to coil your cable inside it, minimizing the amount of cable clutter on your floor.

All good features and aside from all of them this thing also glows blue when in use. You can also replace those round sockets in order to fit in a wireless charging accessory that will charge your device wirelessly.

Novothink Solar Surge iPhone / iPod touch charging case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2010

Novothink has announced that its Solar Surge charging cases for the iPhone and iPod touch are finally available. It will cost you $79.95 for the iPhone 3G/3GS version and $69.95 for the iPod touch version (second gen only). They are each available only in black or white right now, but additional colors are coming soon. We just don’t know when.

It should give you between four and eight hours of talk time, or up to 20 hours of additional audio playback when the charger is fully charged, but the company says you can still expect to get between 30 and 60 minutes of talk time after two hours of exposure to direct sunlight.

Leech Plug unplugs itself when its finished charging

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Here’s something that’s good for the environment and will save you money. We all know that our devices continue to cost us money even when the device connected to a power outlet is turned off or fully charged, but it’s a pain to keep unplugging these things.

The Leech Plug will help with this situation. It works like an actual leech, when the device is fully charged, this power adapter is smart enough to disconnect itself. It does this using a timer circuit and electromechanics that allow it to detach itself once fully charged.

Sony thinks about charging for PSN

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2010

One of the advantages of owning a PS3 over an Xbox 360 is that Microsoft charges for its Xbox Live service and PSN is free. But maybe not for long. You may or may not have to pay for PSN in the future.

In November, a presentation slide revealed that Sony had a paid subscription plan in the works for PSN. And now Peter Dille in an interview with IGN says that “it’s something we’re thinking about”.

Powermat arrives on October 15th

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2009

Powermat arrives on October 15thThe war against wires continues, with the next salvo being fired on October 15th. That’s when the Powermat arrives in the UK. It can juice up up to three low-power devices simultaneously. And without wires. It’s available in a few different versions.

One is made for your home/office, while the other is geared toward those on-the-go, being foldable for easy transportation. You will also need to pick up some receiver cases for the Powermat to recognize the type of device being charged.

Dell Latitude Z to feature wireless charging?

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2009

Dell Latitude Z to feature wireless charging?There aren’t many details, but according to Forbes Dell is thinking about putting wireless charging in their upcoming Latitude Z premium notebook. The notebook features a 16-inch display, with a focus on design and is targeted at high-end corporate buyers.

Forbes claim that Dell plans on launching the Latitude Z in just a few weeks time. They don’t expect sales of this model to be high, but they are hoping that it does effect the rest of their enterprise range. No info on pricing, but expect this one to be expensive.

Duracell unveils SmartPower line

Posted in Duracell by Shane McGlaun on August 21st, 2009

duracellchargepadOf all the features, you could add to my smartphone, at the top of the list of features I really want is easier charging. It’s not difficult mind you to plug in a cable, it’s just inconvenient since I always have to climb around under the desk looking for it after it inevitably falls off.

I want to walk in and lay the phone down to charge and be done. We have seen this type of wireless charging system before from WildCharge. Duracell is now peddling a line of Smartpower devices including one called the myGrid charging pad. The pad lets users charge multiple devices by just laying them on the pad.

USB Solar Charging 4-Port Hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2009

USB Solar Charging 4-Port HubHere’s a unique 4-port USB hub with the ability to juice up almost any compatible USB device. It even comes with a whole bunch of USB connectors to handle virtually anything you throw at it. Having a solar powered USB hub is awesome because you won’t add a single cent to your power bill thanks to that solar panel in the middle.

On cloudy days you can always hook it up to your car’s cigarette lighter outlet as an alternative power source. Only $20 and it’s a useful device. It’s like the K3 generator, without a windmill.

Power Up Charging Stand recharges the Wii Balance Board

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2009

Power Up Charging Stand recharges the Wii Balance BoardAfter a full day of shedding pounds with the Wii Fit and several rounds of Punch-Out, you’ll want to recharge your balance board. Mad Catz’ upcoming Power Up Charging Station will take care of you and get you back in the game in no time.

The stand comes bundled with a special, contact-charging battery that replaces the standard AAs. Just load the battery into the board, the board into the stand, and your Balance Board recharges. Mad Catz also integrated two USB ports into the stand’s body, to charge your other gear. A foot pedal releases your board.

Wiimotes get wireless induction charging

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

Wiimotes get wireless induction chargingYou’ll be seeing more gadgets with induction technology. It allows you to charge gadgets with no wires. Just place the gadget on the charging surface and it’ll charge up like magic. Which makes you a wizard. Not really. Now you can charge your Wiimotes without taking the rubber sleeves off. For those of you who actually use them.

The Energizer Wiimote Induction Charging System lets you just set your Wiimotes on it and it’ll charge them up automatically. I can’t wait until we are charging everything like this. I want an electric car that can charge just by parking it in a certain spot.

IDAPT Charging Station is heavy on pink

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

IDAPT Charging Station is heavy on pinkChances are you have many chargers on or around your desk, which wouldn’t be a problem if they weren’t all attached to wires. They have a tendency to get all tangled up. The IDAPT Charging Station aims to make your life just a bit neater, while powering up your gadgets.

It’s like a pink gadget orgy charging bed as it can handle three devices simultaneously, and the range of tips available should cover all the popular devices like BlackBerry, Nokia, iPod, PSP etc. You can purchase the tips online if you need one for a gadget. The IDAPT Charging Station will retail for £34.95.

Brando’s 7-in-1 USB charging cable handles everything

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2009

Brando’s 7-in-1 USB charging cable handles everythingBrando’s ingenious 7-in-1 USB Charging Cable is like a gadget charging orgy. It provides power for your PSP, DS, DS Lite, DSi and Game Boy Advance handhelds, and all it costs is a USB port and $7. Sure, this cable is a Brando product, and could possibly fry all of your well loved game handhelds, due to it’s questionable craftsmanship, but what is life without some risk.

At $7, what the hell. If it explodes, you’ll have some new parts for a future DIY project. I’ll put it to you, valued readers of the ‘Brick, would you trust Brando’s latest charging gadget with your handhelds?

iYo makes charging devices fun

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

iYo makes charging devices funThere’s always a solution for charging gadgets when your batteries crap out, but the problem is most of them aren’t any fun at all. Why can’t gadget charging be fun? In fact, I demand fun! Fun in the form of the iYo from Swedish designer Peter Thuvander. The iYo makes charging up your devices into a game, by way of a small induction generator to charge a battery inside the iYo. Just play with it for awhile and when you’ve given the battery a charge, then connect your gadget to the iYo’s USB port and the power will be transferred.

Play is fun and all, but can you imagine all of the Geico caveman types that will break it. The same people who broke wiimotes because they don’t have the cognitive capacity to hold something and apply pressure so it doesn’t leave one’s grip. This could be fun. I can’t wait until we get Kerbanger hard drives and ball/paddle chargers that put people’s eyes out. As far as I’m concerned the world just got more interesting, because it got more dangerous with this concept.

iPhone 3G solar charging case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2008

iPhone 3G solar charging case
The iPhone 3G does a whole lot more than its predecessor, and that means that the battery is going to drain much faster. All of those cool new apps will also suck up the juice. The iPhone 3G Solar Charging Case will offer some protection for your iPhone 3G and also has a built-in solar panel that will collect the sun’s rays and turn them into electricity.

Power is stored in a 1,500mAh battery that will give your phone a full charge. Recharge time is about 3 hours. It may not be the most beautiful of iPhone cases, but it’s a good option for those who are thinking green with their gadgets. The price is $54, while the sun’s rays are free.

Penguin United’s quad Wiimote charging station

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2008

Penguin United’s offers its own quad Wiimote charging station
This is the second Wiimote charging station we’ve seen in a week’s time. First Sanyo’s Eneloop, now this 4x charging station from Penguin United hits the scene.

This one has Li-ion batteries that promise to give you 13 full hours of playtime from each Wiimote. And it juices them up in just 4 hours, with LEDs to show you charging levels. They’ll cost you $44.99 and insure that you always have a Wiimote ready.

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