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CES 2013: Power Advances Have Developers Charged Up

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As the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas wraps up, NY1's Adam Balkin takes a look at some interesting new ways companies are harnessing and using electricity and filed the following report.

Power. It’s what just about every single thing on the giant CES show floor has in common. And we’re starting to see some interesting ways to provide that power, like batteries, that do a little extra while they’re providing power. One is Tethercell. Stick a AAA battery in it and not only does it become a AA, but becomes a AA-Bluetooth battery. Why would a battery need to be Bluetooth? Well, stick it in anything that requires AAs and that device can be controlled through your mobile phone.

"It can allow people to turn battery operated devices on and off remotely and you can basically put things on timers say your kids toys, a smoke detector, pretty much anything that takes AA," explained Kellan O’Connor of TetherBoard.

Now, we’ve all been in a situation where our phone has run out of power but we can’t find a cord or outlet. Well imagine the day when your tablet has power you can share with your phone by simply touching them together.

Fulton Innovations, which helps develop the technology for wireless power -- the kind that allows you to just drop a phone on a charger -- says right now it’s a one-way only transfer but in about a year that’s likely to change.

"These devices receive wireless power, our next generation of technology allows us to both send and receive power through the same coil," said David Baarman of Fulton Innovations.

Finally, once that phone is charged it can help you save money on electricity bills in your home. Link it to the EverSense thermostat and the system knows when you’re home or away, meaning no more timers for guesstimating your day.

"As the last person leaves for work it instantly starts to adjust your home so that you save energy. You don’t have to do anything, you just leave," said Jim Mills of Allure Energy. "As you’re on your way home the first person heading home they have their preferences already set so as they walk in the door it’s always comfortable in the home, it’s the right temperature, and they’ve saved money all day."

Developers say since it is actually a little Linux computer server, in the future, it hopes to apply the concept to more devices in one's home.

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