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Designers of homes 20 years ago (or even 10) probably couldn’t have foreseen how important the placement of outlets is for technology. What could you plug into an outlet? A vacuum cleaner? A lamp? A sound system?

They probably didn’t envision that everyone would have a phone that needs to be charged a few times a day, Echos and other devices that need juice, or people plugging in their laptop adapters while working from home. There were no Nest Cams or Rings.

It’s still a ways off, but maybe the next revolution is a wireless power adapter that has a base station and can transmit power to another station a few meters away. There, the receiver could have more outlets. Voila, power almost anywhere.

We’re probably 10 years away from such a technology.

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