Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2018 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Energous, Qi, wireless charging, Powermat
Wireless charging has been present on several popular phone models and occasionally in demonstration models of laptops, but somehow it is more popular on toothbrushes than mobile devices. The Qi standard was declared the winner when Apple bailed on the Airfuel Alliance late last year, but according to what The Register is seeing that doesn't mean there isn't going to be competition for selling you charging hardware. Recently Powermat joined up with the Qi standard, Energous announced the WattUp Mid Field charger and their partnership with Apple and even Intel has joined in with Ossia Inc and their magnetic resonance charging tech. Get a brief overview of the players here.
"Last week wireless charging company Powermat quietly joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which certifies Qi-compatible products. Apple built Qi charging into all three new iPhones in September, having already supported it in its Watch since it launched in 2015."
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Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2015 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Qi, wireless power, Airfuel Alliance, Wireless Power Consortium
We have seen several solutions for wirelessly charging your mobile devices emerge recently which cause some to worry this would create an ecosystem of incompatible solutions. Today two of the major players in Wireless Power merged to form the Airfuel Alliance. Those two players were supported by Broadcom, Intel, Samsung and several others while the WPC is backed by big names such as Microsoft, Motorola, Philips and Qualcomm. WPC's branding is Qi, while AA's members use a mix of magnetic resonance and induction systems with Rezence being their widest known branding. Currently there are products such as the Apple watch which use Qi, with Intel prototyping charging stations using AA's solutions. With only two major players left there is much less chance of this particular market fragmenting and becoming frustrating for consumers. Read on at The Register for more.
"The battle for wireless power supremacy is now a straight fight between two groups following the merger of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) into the Airfuel Alliance."
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Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2013 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: TYLT VÜ, wireless charging, Qi
A feature on the new Samsung phones which we have not had much chance to use is the wireless charging feature called Qi. The TYLT VÜ is a product which will change that as you can use it to charge your phone wirelessly that came about as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. At $70 from their online store it is not the least expensive accessory available for your phone but it is certainly one of the most interesting. LANOC finished a review of the device and found it charged the phone in about the same time as a wired charger does, you will never have a drained battery with the VÜ around.
"It’s amazing how far technology has gone when you look at the mobile phone market. It really wasn’t that long ago when the RAZR flip phone was the hip thing to have. Now most people have large screens, fast internet, and more processing power than you would ever have imagined. With that in mind, it does seem a little crazy that we still have to plug our phones in all of the time to charge them. When I picked up my Nexus 4, the wireless charging feature was one of the most interesting to me. Today I will finally be able to show off what it’s all about with the new TYLT VÜ wireless charging pad."
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