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Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging

TrumpSlurp the Troll Silver badge

Niche use case

If you have a working USB port then why do you need this wireless charging?

It comes into its own when you drop the device and it lands on the USB plug and buggers the internal connection.

I thoughts I had been robbed when I bought the charging stand for my Sony Xperia tablet and found that it blanked off the USB port when charging through a couple of external contacts. I thought I could connect USB devices and use it like a little PC.

A few years later and an accidental breaking of the USB port and I can still charge it. Saving me from a tech refresh (or a repair which may or may not work). I know you can prise the back off and get at the internals but long experience suggest that when you go down that route you end up with new and different problems.

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