I've ranted about lousy battery chargers for medical devices before. Well it seems that this years CES was the scene of the new Wild Charge system.

We've heard tell of the Wild Charge system that replenishes power in
cell phones, PSPs, notebooks and iPods, and now we can confirm: It
really works.

We played with the system for a while tonight, putting the special
cases on cell phones and attachments on iPods, and then suddenly those
devices begin charging as soon as you place them on the metallic strip.

How the heck does this thing work?

It uses non-inductive technology to pass the current from strip to
device without all that falderal you usually have to go through to
charge it.

In use trickle charging like the Welch Allyn ProPaq LT or the new Draeger telemetry system is a big advancement in powering portable devices. Be regardless of the convenience of trickle charging, you still need a decent charger (say for when the power has been off for several hours), and most of the chargers out there are pretty marginal.

Pictured right is the Wild Charge system captured at CES.