Friday, August 7, 2015

I Didn't Choose The Plugged Life

Shameless plugs.
Once upon a time, the batteries of my laptop, tablet and phone were all full and I lived happily ever after. Screeching back to reality, a few hours later I had to plug in to charge one of these devices again and the cycle continues.

Mobile Mobility
Ironically, these devices were purposely chosen for their relative mobility and yet I'm constantly having to have one or another tethered to keep them going. I don't use my phone often so it gets a few days of use before I have to plug it in again. But my laptop and tablet need charging every single day.

I know what you're saying, just stop using them. I can't. I mean I can but they make life, certain parts of my life, easier. And true to Murphy's Law, like it's their religion or something, the batteries run out at crucial moments: when you're having a brilliant idea, when you're outside with free Wi-Fi and want to show someone that funny cat videos.

And, when these devices are plugged in, the power socket is usually out of range. Out of range from where it's convenient to do my work, that is.

A power bank is something I'm considering but not too fond of having. I don't like having too much stuff and a power bank is another stuff. Also, remember the problem is not with my phone, and those laptop power banks are cumbersome. I know it might be difficult for some people to understand this, and I don't blame you; sometimes I don't understand myself either.

Wirelessly Wireless
When I first found out about wireless charging I thought it was ridiculous - just shows you how forward-minded I am. Now, I think it's brilliant and can't wait to have it, such as the Qi charging system, to evolve into something like the whole house is a charging station, or better yet a self-charging device. There's already a development in self-charging batteries and power cells [Gizmag | Georgia Tech]; apart from the obsolete solar-panelled, self-charging phone by TAG Heuer [EngadgetTAG Heuer], it's a long way to go before they are incorporated into a mobile device.

Until then, the charging saga [just to be dramatic] is an inconvenience, a small one, not the I-have-to-sell-my-kidney-to-feed-my-family kind of inconvenience; that I'm willing to live with.