Day’s Verse:
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God.
2 Peter 1:3

Ian and I just got Sonicare toothbrushes. I don’t have any comments about them particularly, but I do want to call out how incredibly cool the chargers are. I’ve never used an induction charger before, and I’m enjoying the sensation of just setting a device on a charger without fiddling with plugs. It seems so much cleaner and more elegant than having to struggle with directional chargers.

This made me start thinking: How much handier would it be if we could just have a charging platform or table that you just set your device on when you get home? Your coffee table or counter could have a charging section that you put your phone (or whatever) on automatically, and then you could forget about it. It would be one surface for all your devices, so if you’re like me, you wouldn’t need a separate charger for phone, GPS, Kindle, iPod, bike light batteries, and cameras. No more zillions of chargers and long cables everywhere; no more “oh crap, I forgot that one charger and it’s proprietary so I’m doomed”; no more “shoot, I forgot to plug my device in.” Everything has to get set down, so why not have the set-down-upon surface do double duty?

Granted, none of our devices today charge inductively. But it wouldn’t be very difficult to make converters that plug into your device, and are essentially a little dongle that is inductively charged. That’d be kludgy to start with, for sure, but it’d be a pretty easy workaround until more mobile devices were built to charge inductively.

Now, I don’t know anything about induction chargers vs. regular plug-in chargers and why we don’t already do this. There may be some technical reasons it wouldn’t work. But it seems like making a simple flat surface to put your mobile device on would be a nice change from the rat’s-nest of cables currently plaguing our lives.

And, um, totally unrelated but worth linking to:

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  1. I know what you mean about how it’d be nice to find an elegant way to get rid of cables – I’ve got cords everywhere at home and also at work. However, it’s funny but your specific induction idea sounded familiar to me… I think your idea is good enough that somebody’s made a (still somewhat inelegant) product out of it already:

    Obviously it’d be a bit nicer if the phones, GPS, etc. were just designed for it from the start.

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