Charging your phone sucks, but if all you had to do was set it down next to your laptop, which you probably do anyway, that wouldn’t be so bad, right?
That’s Intel’s idea for inductive charging, which it’s showing off at Computex. The setup would stick a charging attachment to your phone — though eventually it would probably be built in — just like inductive charging now, but instead of a dedicated charging pad, you’d just slide your phone up next to your laptop. Once you do, there’s a notification noise and a popup indication telling you that power’s routing from the laptop to your phone.
Inductive charging is one of those hyper-cool future-tech ideas that isn’t exactly practical in the real world just yet, so here’s hoping Intel can make this a reality
Intel's new all-in-one PC concept features inductive charging for your keyboard, but the company isn't stopping there — it envisages a future where ultrabooks will top up your phone. Demonstrated with an Acer Aspire laptop, the wireless charger is slimline enough not to add too much bulk to the ultrabook's form, and it can charge a compatible phone when in close proximity. You'll know that it's working when you hear a satisfying ping, and a notification also pops up on the notebook's screen. The idea is that you won't have to carry around your phone charger so often, though we wonder if it might make a power source for your laptop a little more of a necessity.