Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Devices and wires

Why do we still have wires? One of the annoyances I find with devices is that wires are still required: for charging power, for transferring data. Why can't manufacturers add wireless support to devices? I would be willing to pay extra for the added convenience. Take digital cameras as an example. These are very popular devices, but transferring data from the camera to your PC is a cumbersome process. You have to connect a cable from your camera to your PC or remove the flash card from the camera and use a flash card reader to transfer the stored images to your PC. There exists wireless flash cards (Eye-Fi) on the market that attempt to solve this problem, but why can't the device itself support wireless transfers?

Charging the device is also another annoyance that can be made better. Instead of connecting cables, why don't devices support charging from a charging pad? Simply place devices on the pad to recharge the device's battery. What would be even better is if multiple devices can share the same charging pad. This idea has been around since a couple of years ago, but we still have not seen products like this.

The concepts of wireless transfer and wireless charging will simplify and enhance the user experience. Manufacturers, this is your call to action.

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