New “power felt” fabric could power your phone and more

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Anytime I read a story that talks of nanotechnology I get all warm and fuzzy inside, and my inner geek jumps out and screams. Business Insider is reporting on work being done by nanotechnology researcher, David Carroll of Wake Forest University. Carroll is working on something he calls “power felt”, this thin piece of material can convert heat and movement into electricity. I know everyone reading this is thinking they can now charge their phones on the go. However there is more to this wonderful material that could change everything as we know it.

It can be sewn into clothing or wrapped around an object. It is light weight which gives it an advantage over other thermoelectric materials currently available, and it feel like wool felt. His felt also has a medical application to it too. Wearing the fabric could help determine a lot of information about the wearer based on heat readings.

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Nexus 10 Pogo Charger Might Have Maybe Been Spotted In The Wild

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A user over at Android Central posted a picture he is alleging is the magnetic pogo charger for the Nexus 10. The user, known as jstevenkim, went on to say the charger will be available on Amazon and eBay within the next 10 days for around $19.95 to $24.99 USD. There’s no way of telling if this is legit (other than waiting 10 days to see what happens) but, like Mulder, I want to believe. I want to believe the Nexus 10 pogo-pin connector will get more use than the similar port on the Galaxy Nexus.

Sadly, this is closer than the Nexus 7 has come to getting a pogo charger. Although, we did see a dock which uses the pogo pins for charging, and possibly audio output, pop up on ASUS Japan but it’s yet to be made available for sale. I’m not sure if the pogo charger will really charge a device that much faster than micro USB, but it seems cool. Why should Apple be the only one with a magnetic attachment for their (Mac) chargers anyway?

Source: Android Central

Battery life woes could be solved with crushed silicon

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Current smartphone batteries haven’t really changed much since the days of the first Android smartphone even though new, more power hungry, smartphones are being continuously released. Engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and scientist Madhuri Thakur are aiming to change all this with batteries that can hold three times the charge in the same size as current batteries. Click through the break for more information.
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Duracell Powermat Hopes To Bring Wireless Charging To All Smartphones Via WiCC

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With their new Wireless Charging Card (WiCC) technology, Duracell’s Powermat division is hoping to bring wireless charging to the masses. The WiCC hopes to bring the integration of Powermat technology to all smartphones, via a connector that is built into the phone itself. This of course requires participation from the major smartphone retailers, since the technology would have to be implemented at the production level. Given that Duracell promises that this implementation will only cost pennies at most, I wouldn’t be hard pressed to believe that phone manufacturers will at least give it a shot in one or two phones before considering it standard on all their future models.

Powermat currently offers wireless charging through the Powermat charging bed coupled with a proprietary case designed to communicate with the base. The new WiCC hopes to remove the mandatory use of the Powermat case and enable users to use a case of their own choosing, or none at all. The thin wafer-like charging card can be purchased at any time by the user, enabling the power of choice. Although Duracell isn’t placing the WiCC as immediate priority for release and we won’t see it any time this year, it’s most definitely something that we hope to hear more from here at TalkAndroid. Keep tuned to TalkAndroid for more news and updates from Mobile World Conference 2012. Full press release after the break.

source: engadget

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Samsung Already Sporting Accessories For US Galaxy S II Devices

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Low and behold, what’s a few new Samsung Galaxy S II devices across various carriers without some cool accessories to go with it?  At tonight’s Samsung GSII launch event in New York, several of the display tables showed off a modern and sleek looking multimedia charging dock perfectly complimenting the Galaxy S II.  In nice shiny black, the device also doubles as a speaker (note pic below).  We’ve seen a dock presently accompany the Galaxy S II launched overseas however, this one has been given a bit of a polished look and we’ve got to admit, it looks pretty sweet.  Check out the pics for yourself and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  If you’ll also notice, there is another device to the left of the charging dock.  We’re not quite sure what it is just yet, but stay tuned because we’ll find out.  It appears to be some sort of a charging stand where a second battery can be docked under a cover on the backside of the contraption.

Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread update is nearing

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The HTC Droid Incredible 2 should be getting the Gingerbread update soon. This will bring it to Android 2.3, and it will include support for Verizon’s new wireless charging. You will, of course, need to buy a new battery cover to utilize this.

Complete list of improvements to build 2.18.605.4 are:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

We do not know when Verizon is planning on pushing it out, but we will let you know as soon as we hear.

[via androidcentral]

Delta Airlines Places Charging Stations in Airports for your Mobile Devices

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If you’re on the go alot, Delta may be giving you a reason to use their Airlines, or at least hang out in their sections of the airport, as they’ve installed “recharging stations” at 19 locations across the US. The stations will show the following;

  • Two Delta re-charging stations at each passenger gate area
  • Each station features six standard 110 volt outlets and two USB ports per station
  • Recharging pads in all domestic Delta Sky Club locations designed for smartphones and mobile devices (many locations already have these—just check at the reception desk for your preferred adapter!)

The stations will be available in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and Salt Lake City as well as Boston, Columbus, OH; Hartford, CT; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Nashville; Norfolk, VA; Omaha, NE; Pittsburgh, Portland, OR; Seattle and St. Louis very soon as Delta is including these stations as a part of their $2 Billion investment overhaul over the next couple of years.

Charge up those Android devices, we always need them!

[via Delta Air Lines]

“Qi”: New power standard to bring wireless charging

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You whip out your phone. You see it’s battery is low. You plug it in to charge, thus tethering yourself to your bedside table, and you think… “there has GOT to be a better way!” Soon, my friend, there will be.

A universal standard for cord-free charging is well en route, thanks to the Wireless Power Consortium, which finalized the interface definition this last Friday for it’s low-power specifications. According to reports, the interface should be available to the public on August 30th. The current versions max out at 5 watts of power, which should be more than adequate to charge mobile devices.

In addition, all devices meeting standards will be able to throw the “Qi” logo on their devices. According to Menno Treffers, a senior director of standardization at Philips who works with the consortium:

Our customers will see the Qi logo and know: this product works with my other Qi products. Publishing a standard is not enough. Without test documentation, certification services, and a logo license agreement, interoperability is an illusion.

With the release dates standing where they do, we may be seeing some devices in the category as early as this fall.

[via ars technica]