TechTop: Qi Inductive Charging

Inductive charging (also known as “wireless charging”) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects.  Typically this is accomplished using an induction coil to create an alternating electromagnetic field from within a charging base station, and a second induction coil in the portable device takes power from the electromagnetic field and converts it back into electrical current to charge the battery. Continue readingTechTop: Qi Inductive Charging

Appliance News and Gossip

In a report from Reuters, General Electric names 5 non-US appliance manufacturers as potential bidders for the company’s appliance business. The list includes Haier from China, LG Electronics from South Korea, Electrolux from Sweden, Controladora Mabe from Mexico and Arcelik from Turkey. Jeff Immelt, General Electric Chief Executive, stated that he believes Haier and LG are most likely to be interested.

KitchenAid is rumored to be switching the stainless steel they use in manufacturing their appliances from 304 grade to 403. It’s unsure how this rolling change will be implemented but differences in the materials may be evident in different lighting situations.

Whirlpool’s Magic Chef line is rumored to become a Lowes-only brand. Other Whirlpool discussion centers on their elimination of including connector hoses with their washing machines in all but the HE series.

Marvel, owned by AGA, will be closing their Indiana plant. In other plant closing news, Fisher & Paykel will be closing the plant they purchased from DCS and will be shifting their manufacturing to Mexico. Other companies currently manufacturing in Mexico include LG, GE, Whirlpool and Electrolux just to name a few.

Fisher & Paykel announced they will have a price increase in September (perhaps to pay for the move).

Miele has recalled about 3,100 T 9821 Gas Dryers due to risk of gas leak or fire. These dryers are super-large capacity white dryers with serial numbers 66461685 to 89921848 sold between March and December 2007. For additional information contact Miele at (800) 420-1813.

Frigidaire has recalled about 7,500 Kenmore Wall Ovens due to fire and burn hazards. There have been reports of gas building up and flames escaping through the oven door. The 24″ oven model numbers are 790.30472400, 790.30473400, 790.30473401, 790.30474400, 790.30479400 with serial numbers NF401xxxxx through NF601xxxxx. Frigidaire says the ovens are safe to use in the “bake” setting but do not use the “broil” feature due to risk of injury. For more information contact Sears at (800) 479-6408.


Ipod Washing Machine

Yes, you read correctly.  The electronics company LG has filed a patent for a washing machine with a built-in dock for either an iPod or a Zune.  Perhaps they figure if cars can have docking stations then why can’t washers?  Let’s hope this one doesn’t go to market.lg-washing-machine-with-mp3-player.jpg