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Here's how wireless charging will cook your steak - CNET

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Picture this: You scoop some grains into your rice cooker, pour in the precise amount of water, place it on the countertop and start tapping on your phone. A light comes on. The rice cooker bubbles away.

Here's what's different about this time compared with the hundreds of other times you've made rice: You haven't plugged the cooker into a wall outlet at all.

This kind of culinary black magic is the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) vision for a high-power wireless charger made specifically for kitchen appliances. Shown off at the CES show in January, the unnamed standard will supply up to 2,400 watts of power through inductive charging built into -- or beneath -- the countertop.

Look closely and you can see the Qi logo on the charging surface below these appliances. World Power Consortium

If this sounds at all familiar, it's because WPC is the organization behind Qi wireless charging -- pronounced "chee" -- the protocol supported by phones from ...(continued)

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