There are often a lot of new products unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show which get little notice unless members of the press literally stumble across them while exploring manufacturer showcase areas. These seems to be the case with a rather interesting little charger from RCA which uses WiFi signals to charge its internal battery. Yes – that sounds weird…WiFi signals?
The basic idea, reports OhGizmo!, is that the RCA Airnergy WiFi Hotspot Power Harvester has some sort of special technology within that captures “WiFi energy out of the air and converts it into electricity.” The tech blog reports that this device was able to fully charge a mobile phone from one-third power to full in around 90 minutes “using nothing but ambient WiFi signals as a power source.” Factors such as strength of WiFi signal and availability of sources will impact this, and this product reportedly will hit store shelves in this summer.
Tech blog Engadget also took note of this product, saying the Airnergy is “pocketable” and that RCA actually has plans to build this technology into “actual cellphone batteries,” meaning a new power source for mobile phones may have been created -provided you are near WiFi sources, of course. We will be contacting RCA to find out more about his interesting technology and its green potentials, so stay tuned.