The only thing I hate more than wires around my computer are wireless devices. They run out of juice constantly, and recharging them is a hassle. Your options, depending on your wireless device, are:
- Destroy the environment—and your wallet—with traditional batteries
- Use rechargeable batteries which last about 3 hours, have a 6-month total lifespan, and require you to keep extras on hand so you can keep working when they run out
- Plop one of those recharging bases on your desk, thus adding clutter (and wires!) to your workspace, and again taking your device out of commission during charging.
My proposal is to do something similar to game controllers: when your device is charged, it works wirelessly just like it should. When it runs out of juice, you simply plug it into your computer, turning it into a regular wired device while it charges. Once it’s done charging, simply unplug it and go back to working wirelessly.
It’s the 21st century. I find it hard to believe no one has done this yet. (Am I mistaken?)
Update: Yes, I was mistaken. I turns out there actually are some wireless mice (mouses?) that can be used in a tethered mode while charging…or so it appears, though I can’t seem to find adequate product descriptions to confirm whether, when tethered, they are also charging. One would assume so.