Consider the devices we use every day: From smartphones and smartwatches and potentially electric vehicles, electronics are becoming as mobile as people themselves. We rely and expect our devices to be charged at all times, ready-to-use when needed. But as it currently stands, we still must plug in our phones, our electric cars, and our smartwatches, tethering us to cords and cables, triggering range anxiety and obsessing about the remaining juice on our devices.
Wouldn’t it be nice instead to have a user experience where our electronics are charged autonomously and seamlessly, without any conscious human intervention, even while our devices are in use? The physical act of “plugging in” should—and soon will be—an outdated concept due to technology enabling us to deliver energy to our devices sans burdensome cords.