06. 30. 2009
Fulton Innovation Wants to Turn Your Sofa into a Wireless Charger
With our lives becoming increasingly digital, we need an ever growing amount of gadgets to keep up. And where there are more gadgets, there are more wires and clutter. To combat the problem, many companies are going the wireless route using routers to keep our gadgets connected to the net, but technology to wirelessly charge our toys has been slow in coming. But if infrastructure manufacturer Leggett & Platt and Fulton Innovation have their way, soon gadget geeks will have a stylish and comfortable way to keep all their digital necessities charged and ready.
Fulton Innovation is the creator eCoupled Intelligent wireless power. The system delivers electricity to devices via near-inductive coupling and microprocessor technology. There are of course other proprietary algorithms and technology that goes into it, but that's on a need to know basis. Fulton has taken their tech and combined it with Leggett & Platt who makes a number of different things including furniture parts to create furniture that can charge your gadgets by simply placing them down on the furniture.
Prototype designs including a work table, an executive desk, and lounge and residential seating were recently unveiled at the 2009 NeoCon World's Trade Fair. The exhibit also showcased eCoupled-enabled cell phones, lamps, and laptops. Anxious to see if this technology goes to market. If it does, it has the potential to change the way we interact with our tech and our recliners.