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Yes you read that correct. Finally getting back to where we could have started. " Silicon Valley start-up Pi on Monday claimed it had developed the world’s first truly wireless and contact-free charger, that does away with cords or mats to charge devices. Pi chargers, about the size of a small table vase, operate on standard charging technology used in Apple or Android smartphones designed to be powered up wirelessly. But instead of cords or mats, the conical creation charges smartphones remotely with magnetic waves. Magnetic fields are an ideal way to safely send energy to portable electronics, said Pi chief technology officer Lixin Shi, who co-created the charger with John MacDonald. The trick was bending magnetic waves to find smartphones, the co-founders said during a presentation at the TechCrunch Disrupt start-up scrum in San Francisco. “The hard part was figuring out how to make magnetic charging more flexible, multi-device and extend its useful range,” Shi said. “It took us over a year to complete the mathematical proof that makes it all possible.” The pair figured out how to shape the magnetic field so energy could be beamed to smartphones placed or in use within 30cm of a Pi charger. Shi and MacDonald were graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when they met and began to collaborate on the project about 3.5 years ago. Both have since graduated from university. Pi’s magnetic fields are relatively weak, far less than the levels used for medical imaging, but allow devices to be charged at “full speed,” according to MacDonald. A combination of smartphones and tablets could wirelessly charge on a desk if a Pi were placed near people working together. Pi set up shop in the Silicon Valley city of San Bruno, and the co-founders said they raised US$3.5 million in a seed funding round lead by SoftTech VC managing partner Jean-Francois Clavier. MacDonald promised that Pi devices would begin shipping next year and be priced “well below $200.” Apple this month unveiled three new iPhone models, including a 10th-anniversary edition iPhone X, all of which featured wireless charging, albeit on a charging mat. The company said it will come to market with AirPower charging mats sized to accommodate an iPhone, Apple Watch and an AirPods earpiece case. Source
So I get the call from a client yesterday, " hey, were moving in our new house in 30 days, I need you to get my network up" WHATT ? lol Wait , you built a new house call me after the drywall is up carpets laid, just putting finishing touches on your new 3000++sqft home and say this. Nothing pulled in the wall network wise. He says "hey it's all wireless now man" -- UHHG You long timers here should know I'm not a huge fan of relying on wireless in this fashion , maybe that's it , I was born before cell phones turning on kitchen fawcets and living the mobile communications life. I can dig it , just enjoy the what I percieve as benefits of a solid core cat6-plenum running through my walls. All routed back to a switch next to your firewall appliance. Put those wireless repeaters wherever they're needed. So I have Sonos, Apple Time capsule, iHome system, half dozen wireless HD TV's, and well pretty much anything else you can think of wireless that does - well anything when you're not standing in front of it. Including CCTV - DVR remote acess - ect ect ect - And much less than 30 days to get the topology drawn up installed and configured. Freaking love a challenge like this. Should be rather simple , then again nothing truly is.