Innovation Lab: The Biggest Ideas in Tech This Week

By Tim Maytom

microsoft autocharge

If you’ve been to one of Dot Media’s events, you’ll know that our Innovation Lab hosts companies presenting cutting-edge technology that’s poised to transform the market with groundbreaking ideas and solutions.

In that spirit, we’ve taken a step beyond the world of apps, ads and handsets with slightly bigger screens, in order to share some of the tech world’s most innovative ideas. They might be interesting, disruptive or just outright strange, but these are the stories that have caught our eye over the past week.

Microsoft Developing Ceiling Lamps That Recharge Your Phone with Light

Wireless charging, once the stuff of science fiction, is becoming increasingly popular, with brands like McDonald’s and Starbucks introducing it to their restaurants to enable customers to charge their smartphones without the need for plug sockets or clunky, easily tangled chargers.

However, Microsoft is working an even more futuristic system called AutoCharge, which uses solar charging to power phones through a light beam projected from special lamps on the ceiling. The lamps even include cameras that track the phone’s location within the room, focusing the charging beam on devices automatically.

The system is still in its early days, but a working prototype has been constructed. …read more

Source:: Mobile App News