About 18-months ago, the Open Mobile Terminal Platform was pushing for standard phone chargers using the micro-USB interface. Today, we’re finally getting somewhere. The Register The Guardian reports that all five phone companies in the U.K. are adopting micro-USB as the standard. Hopefully more will follow, now that the GSM Association has adopted the plan. All told, 17 operators and vendors are aiming for the single standard by 2012.
At this point, I have three full power-strips plugged in to my home office walls. Nearly every handheld device has its own charger, complete with different voltage outputs and plug. Is it any wonder that I’m constantly moving a solar charger around the house while the Earth rotates?