Haier Displays Television That Features Wireless Power
Amidst all the 3D television at last week's CES, Chinese manufacturer Haier showed off a television that had a different kind of cutting-edge technology. The television was designed to be completely wireless, relying on wireless technology not only for content, but also for power.
Using a magnetic-based power system developed by MIT spin-off company WiTricity, the television is capable of receiving 100 W of power from up to about a meter away. The power unit plugs into the wall and sends power via radio waves to the electromagnetic coil in the back of the television. And voila--power without a power cord.
As noted, there is a pretty strict range for the wireless power and the television must also be placed parallel to the power source for it to work. Regardless, wireless power looks like an exciting and promising new technology that could transform our homes.
In addition to the impressive power trick, the television features Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), which can stream 1080p content at 3 Gbps. It works at distances up to about 100 feet away. So there's no need for video input cables either.
Haier didn't provide a timetable for a consumer release so we'll just have to enjoy the interesting glimpse into the future for now.