A Dell-branded wireless charging mat and laptops featuring WiTricity’s wireless charging technology made an appearance at Computex, Taipei.

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Wireless charging company WiTricity may not yet be a household name, but that’s soon to change once Dell’s laptops start launching with its technology.

Making an appearance at WiTricity’s show suite at Computex here in Taipei were Dell laptops that started charging wirelessly the moment the laptops were placed on the charging mat. WiTricity, however, declined to comment on when these Dell laptops will be available.

Unlike current wireless charging methods such as Qi that require you to accurately place the charging coils on top of another, WiTricity’s tech generates a very safe magnetic field (using a smartphone is supposedly 100 times more dangerous) that transmits the electricity wirelessly.

In the case of the abovementioned Dell laptops, WiTricity says about 30W of power were being transmitted to the laptops, allowing you to quickly charge the battery.

WiTricity’s CEO Alex Gruzen told CNET that WiTricity’s tech allows them to accurately shape the magnetic field, which is capable of going through materials such as wood or marble, allowing its wireless charging technology to be used in kitchen table tops and letting more than one device to be charged at a time.

Another use of WiTricity can be found in the military — batteries that used to be on soldier’s helmets for night vision goggles have been removed and WiTricity tech in the backpacks are used to power the helmets wirelessly. The backpack’s batteries are then charged when soldiers sit in down in the Humvee while being transported.

This sounds pretty cool, and similar commercial applications of the tech could be forthcoming too. Unless battery technology improves in the near future, WiTricity’s wireless charging could be the new normal to easily top up your devices without having to bother about wires each time.

Be sure to check CNET’s Computex hub for all the coverage from the show floors.


Dell laptops coming soon with WiTricity wireless charging – CNET