Who needs a cellphone charger when you’ve got your laptop with you? Rather, who needs a cellphone charging cable when you’ve got your laptop with you? That’s a future that Intel’s envisioning as it demonstrated a wireless laptop-to-phone charging system at Computex.
Like inductive charging systems from Powermat and others, the idea here is that your laptop would serve as the power source when buddied up next to your phone.
The Verge got a demo of the system (see above) and said the following:
Demonstrated with an Acer Aspire laptop, the wireless charger is slimline enough not to add too much bulk to the ultrabook’s form, and it can charge a compatible phone when in close proximity. You’ll know that it’s working when you hear a satisfying ping, and a notification also pops up on the notebook’s screen.
This seems like a proof-of-concept at this point, but the technology is already in use by several other products so we’ll see if it catches on as a built-in laptop feature someday.