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Recently the Bosch Power Tools and Accessories division of Robert Bosch Tool Corporation held an event held in Arlington Heights, Ill. Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick was in attendance and returned with scads of information , some we can share and some we cannot.

Megan wrote about Bosch’s first foray into pneumatics (read her entry here). The new “Full Force Technology” centers around an innovative tool design where patented air cambers in each tool utilize 100 percent of the air moving from the compressor to the nailers. With no air needed to return the driver to the “ready” position, Bosch’s pneumatic tools are 20 percent smaller and 10 percent more powerful, according to the company.

The innovation didn’t stop there. Bosch has taken the normal “hotdog” style tanks and stood them on end and at a slight angle. This is to increase balance and make transport easier. The company also added a patented “EZ Drain” system for simple front-access tank drainage.

While the focus of the event was to introduce a new line of pneumatics (and other tools, most of which are for construction and destruction), there was another very interesting discovery.

If you’re a fan of new technologies (and what woodworker isn’t) you might know about the new e-Coupled inductive charging system. I, myself, have not been at the forefront of this phenomenon.

This new e-Coupled technology is intelligent wireless power that uses inductive coupling to transfer energy from enabled surfaces to any compatible device. That means there is no need for power cords and battery chargers and there’s no on or off switch. Your device has a coiled copper ring near the battery and another copper ring is in the wireless power source. The two rings communicate all the necessary information that allows the device to fully charge. Just sit the device on the e-Coupled platform to charge. For more information, visit this Leggett & Platt web site (click here).

What does this have to do with Bosch Tools? Watch this video and you’ll see a number of Bosch woodworking tools mentioned.

Bosch is the exclusive cordless power-tool partner for e-Coupled and is working with e-Coupled to develop something , something we cannot mention at this time, but you can see in the video.

This is totally cool stuff. What do you think?

– Glen D. Huey

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  • Wilbur Pan

    That was very cool, but I hopefully it wouldn’t take too long to recharge those batteries with the e-Coupled system. I’d pick fast charge over wireless charge any day.

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