Haier Cuts All Wires (Including Power) on Its TelevisionBy Chris Weiss
With the growth of Wi-Fi, radio/infrared transmitters and streaming, home theaters have become increasingly less wire-dependent. Until now, the loss of wires has been limited largely to component and speaker connections. With this new television, Haier is extending the wireless concept to the power cable.
Working on technology developed by MIT spinoff WiTricity, the television cuts the power plug in favor of a magnetic wireless power system that includes an electric coil in the back panel that can receive 100 Watts of power at distances of up to 1 m.
As one would expect, video is also handled wirelessly, using the Wireless Home Digital Interface.
While this is impressive technology, the idea of 100 Watts flying around the room is a little intimidating. It also seems to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist–the power cable is usually the least of your worries when hooking up home theater equipment. I suppose, however, this could provide a little extra flexibility in television placement, as well as a damn cool conversation piece.
For now, it doesn’t look like this one will be available on the market anytime soon. [via CrunchGear]