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USA: US Army wants wireless battery charging everywhere

A soldier demonstrates Nett Warrior, a soldier-worn mission command system that could soon get wireless charging for its gadgets.

Tomorrow’s soldiers may get hands-free helmet displays and mobile computers to track friendly troop locations on the battlefield — but they still need to recharge the batteries. The U.S. Army wants to make charging similarly hands-free by putting cordless charging stations in every military vehicle, aircraft and base.

The Army’s first step toward turning the dream of wireless charging everywhere into reality would test a charging station inside an armored infantry carrier to “trickle charge” soldiers’ gadgets at a distance of two feet. Success on the battlefield could eventually lead to many more civilian charging stations for cellphones, tablets and laptops on the home front.

“This technology will replace cables and standardize on one interface, potentially being able to adjust power settings to charge different types of batteries,” according to the Army’s solicitation for the small-business innovation research program on April 25. “Eventually, it will be embedded in commercial electronic devices, eliminating the need for an adapter.”


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