Every CES we see something that pushes the boundaries and feels like we've dropped into science fiction. This year, Reasonance (opens in new tab) has given us our first wow moment with a TV that requires absolutely no wires.
That wow factor of CES is missing a little bit with the fact we've been forced into the experience the show digitally from our homes. With that said, a 40-inch TV that can function almost entirely wirelessly is impressive no matter how you see it. Look, here's a video.
Yes, that's a 40-inch TV being powered by magnetic resonance. That big coil you see on the back of the TV is there only for the demonstration, but in a finished project can be built into the TV's frame, while the coil in the clear plastic could be put into a solid TV unit or even embedded into a wall. It's not clear of the range yet, but the idea of a TV just being powered without wires is exciting.
In a press release, Reasonance claims that you can shuffle the TV about any way you want and it won't be impacted, and that walls and furniture panels won't reduce the efficiency of the energy transfer. Basically, this should work no matter what. I'd want to test the mobility out by myself before recommending it, but there's no doubt that this technology will open up new options for TV manufacturers, and people that really hate visible power wires.
If we were being grumpy, we'd wonder about how useful this will be when pretty much every other device you might connect to your TV will need power and a physical connection to the screen. But, as we have said, it's going to be interesting to see if this technology is incorporated into more and more brands moving forwards. Expect the real wow moment when some of our best TV (opens in new tab) picks are also packing this tech.