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Skech, an Israeli case company, debuted a prototype iPhone 5 case that works with Powermat technology to wirelessly charge the handset
With its new design, Skech managed to shrink down the bulk seen in previous Powermat cases by removing the "chin" below the phone and replacing it with a small plug for the lightning connector. The plug also has a wrist strap connected to it for added protection.
Other than the simple design tweak, the case is reminiscent of Apple's bumper with interchangeable fabric back plates that have been molded to allow for the Powermat technology. This sample is not perfect or pretty, but itâs important to remember it is a prototype.
Wireless charging hasnât really taken off until recently despite early attempts to build in the technology as did the now defunct Palm PrÃ©. A major obstacle to market-wide adoption was that proprietary tech introduced by one company required charging pads and cases to be built by the same manufacturer. As more OEMs license Powermat Technology, or other standardized tech from members of the Qi Wireless Power Consortium, this should become less of a problem.
Still, consumers donât want unsightly cases from charging mat manufacturers, but perhaps Skech's design will speak to a wider audience with its sleek modular format. The company's new iPhone 5 case is slated to ship this spring, though it is unclear if the product will be distributed in the U.S.