Items tagged with wireless-charging

This week saw the FCC issue the first ever equipment certification for a wireless power device that operates under Part 15 rules. This short distance wireless power transmission can charge smartphones and other devices without the need for wires. A new patent application has turned up that shows Apple is working on a wireless power system of its own. There are two Apple patent applications that outline devices it is working on, with one being an adapter with multiple ports for powering devices (either wired or wirelessly). The charging device would power Apple gadgets including watches, tablets, smartphones, and computers. Apple's patent application shows a device that uses a wireless power... Read more...
The wireless charging industry is figuring out what other industries have over the years: If you want to foster growth, standardize. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have agreed to work together to develop global interoperability between their respective wireless charging standards. “These two organizations are taking the necessary steps to get the job done," said Ron Resnick, President, Power Matters Alliance in a press release. "Combining the standards from A4WP and PMA offer the best choices of core technologies and managed network services, delivering to consumers a seamless, easy-to-use and convenient wireless charging user experience." Companies... Read more...
If you’re one of the lucky folks who managed to get their hands on a very cool Google Nexus 4 before they sold out (or are waiting the 2-3 weeks until Google ships you the Nexus 4 you recently ordered), there’s a wireless charging station you can now purchase, too. The Nexus 4 Wireless Charger is available now on the Google Play Store for $59.99; the product listing says that the device will ship “soon”, in less than a week. There are few details available about the Qi-powered device, but we do know that it’s black, uses inductive charging, and can charge your Nexus 4 in about four hours. The charger is shaped like a ball sliced in half, with a flat part on the bottom.... Read more...
As if you needed another reason to camp out at Starbucks and write your novel or do homework dink around on Facebook, the coffee chain is rolling out a trial of Duracell Powermat wireless charging stations in 17 Boston-area stores. "We're building the Powermat technology into some of the tabletops, just to get a sense for how our customers will react, compared to having to plug their mobile devices into the wall”, Starbucks chief digital officer Adam Brotman told Boston.com. If you don’t have a device or accessory that enables wireless charging, Starbucks will have a few to loan out, and may even do some in-store giveaways. The trial will run through the holidays, and if Starbucks... Read more...