The Google Nexus 7 tablet is widely popular with Android fans for more than one reasons. However, it lacks certain bling features which you see in new age devices. And one of them is Wireless Charging. While the feature isn’t available in most devices in the market today, it is a good feature to have. So what if we told you that the Nexus 7 is capable of having Wireless Charging too? Of course, it’s not enabled by default and involves some messing around with the device, but it is possible. Since this is completely hardware based, it might not be for everyone, but it’s still fun to realize what can be done when you’ve got the will.
A fellow named Rod Whitby is currently working on the mod for the Nexus 7 and it involves completely removing the back cover, which as you know isn’t a very easy process. He used the innards of an old Palm smartphone to insert it inside the Nexus 7, but found the space to be too little. After that the induction coil he inserted inside the tablet didn’t seem to carry enough juice in it to charge the bad boy up. So his solution was to add two induction coils one above another to give it double the power.
Bear in mind this is merely an experiment from Rod and not a final working solution. However, we would be disappointed if this didn’t work as the guy has put in some effort to make this a reality. Let’s hope it happens soon, but there’s a price to pay when you open the device up and mess with the insides. Well in simple terms, your warranty gets voided. So if you mess around when soldering the parts together inside, your device is as good as a slab of junk. So I suggest you wait until the mod is completed if you intend to try this out yourself. Rod Whitby is pretty active on Google Plus, so make sure you keep an eye out on his page for updates and developments in this new mod. And yes, he’s using the Touchstone dock to try and charge the device wirelessly.
Say what you will, but we have to give it to this guy for being thoughtful enough to work out this hack/mod. Although in many cases wireless charging is merely a luxury and people still prefer the standard medium of charging a device, it’s a good novelty to have. In this case though, it might be a little risky. The Palm Touchstone has been used in several experimental projects before to bring wireless charging to devices which don’t support the feature. And it’s good to see that components from the Palm Pre are being repurposed, despite its poor showing in the market. Palm launched the Palm Pre bundled with the Touchstone wireless charging dock in 2009. The idea seemed pretty attractive, but the device in itself failed to succeed.