Hands-on photos – Powermat range 2010

Powermat first started to make the headlines with its wireless charging solutions last year. The idea was simple – whack a Powermat case on your phone

As cool as it sounded, when I first heard about it I did think it was a bit of a gimmick that would never really catch on. But after paying the Powermat stand a visit at MWC this year, this company is making some serious moves in the next year and beyond that are really rather impressive.

First up, it's looking to make the tech more accessible by offering one and two gadget Powermats with a lower price tag, as well as make the phone cases a little more attractive by building the Powermat charger into a new silicone case rather than sitting on the outside of a hard case.

For the iPhone, there will also be an extended battery case similar to the Juice Pack Air, which will charge up along with the iPhone when placed on the Powermat, giving heavy phone users more juice – particularly for events such as festivals or long journeys.

Other things up its sleeve include the ability to charge netbooks from your Powermat, a portable, foldable Powermat which you can charge up before going somewhere for truly wireless charging, and a Powermat car charger as well.

However, the biggest and most significant development in the business in my eyes has to be the development of Powermat batteries for most big name phones (apart from the iPhone – damn you Apple).

This means you'll open up the back and replace the manufacturer's battery with Powermat's one and you'll get wireless charging with no need for a case.

Powermat said it was thinking of selling the phone-specific batteries with a one-gadget Powermat as a set, and although prices are yet to be finalised, it was hoped a price tag of around £50 could be reached for the bundle. Perhaps a bit of a luxury, but not a bad price.

Walking around the Powermat stand, it was obvious this company don't want to stop there. It has visions for the future, shown off at the show, that demonstrate just how far this tech could be taken. What about a coffee table which charges your gadgets up automatically when you put them on it? Or perhaps a kitchen work surface that'll kick off the kettle without the need of a plug? Maybe a wall that needs no electrical wiring to get a light to work?

It sounds futuristic, but from the demo I had, you could really see how this kind of tech could take the step up from portable gadgets to a more general household use.

Sure, it may be a while – no doubt years – before we actually see any of the latter make it to market, but we think it's safe to say that this company is certainly one to watch.