Want charging to be as easy as connecting to Wi-Fi? Meet Wi-Charge.
Wi-Charge is a long-range wireless charging system that charges your device wherever you are in the room. No cord necessary. The range can be up to 10 meters indoors. Wi-Charge uses infrared beams to deliver power. The charging process is slower than normal cable charging, but it happens without you even knowing. You simply place your phone in line-of-sight to begin charging. Wi-charge proved the machine’s capabilities by running a model without a battery. It’s been approved by the FDA and will arrive in commercial public spaces in early 2018. The future is about to get more convenient.
For most people nowadays, their smartphone is within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. It’s in their pocket while they’re at work, it’s in their hand on the train ride home and it’s on their bedside table as they go to sleep. With this level of proximity and usage, many can’t quite shake the niggling feeling that they might be risking damage to themselves in the long run. While conclusive longitudinal research on the effects of cell phone radiation is still hard to come by, for those looking to hedge their bets, this infographic shows the phones that emit the most radiation when held to the ear while calling.
The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz) has a comprehensive database of smartphones – new and old – and the level of radiation they emit. Following the criteria set for this chart (see footnotes), the current smartphone creating the highest level of radiation is the 5T from Chinese vendor OnePlus. In fact, the top list is dominated by handsets made by Chinese companies, with OnePlus, Huawei and ZTE accounting for 9 of the 15 phones with the largest values. It must be said though, that premium Apple phones such as the iPhone 7 and the recently released iPhone 8 are also here to be seen.
While there is no universal guideline for a ‘safe” level of phone radiation, the German certification for environmental friendliness ‘Der Blaue Engel’ (Blue Angel) only certifies phones which have a specific absorption rate of less than 0.60 watts per kilogram. All of the phones featured here come in at more than double this benchmark.
Every time you fail to pick up the phone when you’re supposed to, the gap between you and your goals widens. There is no simple answer or “quick fix” to this dilemma. But there are ways to make prospecting easier.
And that’s what this episode of the #TomFerryShow is all about.
Whenever a new year comes around, many people take the time to reflect on their habits and make New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s drinking less, being more active or smoking fewer cigarettes, for many years, decades even, Americans’ New Year’s resolutions have looked largely the same. Over the past few years however, a new vice has arisen and that is an often unhealthy relationship with our smartphones.
Ever since the first iPhone arrived in 2007, smartphones have gradually taken over our lives. We use them to listen to music, take photos, follow the news and sometimes even to make phone calls. They have become a constant presence in both our professional and our personal lives. However, the endless stream of information and stimuli from our phones tends to wreak havoc on our ability to focus on one task at a time, which is why many people feel the need to limit their phone usage.
According to a survey conducted by Deloitte in 2017, 47 percent of U.S. smartphone owners have made an effort to limit their phone use in the past. The most popular ways of trying to turn off are keeping the phone out of sight in a pocket and turning notifications off. The lure of Twitter, Instagram and the like remains hard to resist however: only 30 percent of smartphone owners have succeeded in reducing their phone time.