2A New Kind of Wireless Charging
3The Humavox Nest
4Wireless Jewelry Box
Humavox shows off one Nest idea that it refers to as the “jewelry box” (though it looks more like a lunch pail with a plastic window). A user could drop several types of smart devices into the box, and the box is smart enough to recognize their different types of batteries and charge them all. Lachman said there’s a “handshake” that occurs when the two components acknowledge each other.
Another Nest the company shows off is a bowl, offering application possibilities that include a car’s cup holder. Lachman dropped two different fitness bands into the cup and they began charging together. A criticism of induction-based wireless charging is that things have to line up just so—a need that’s out of sync with people’s habits.
6The Armrest Idea
7Look Ma, No Cords
9The Wireless Consumer Device Market
Humavox technology will be in a hearing aid product set for launch in 2015, and the company is in talks with semiconductor companies, among others. Humavox hopes a variety of industries will “harness the technology.” Says Lachman, “Our job is to show how flexible the designs can be.”