Cadillac is adding wireless phone charging to its cars and trucks, upgrading the in-dash cubby of its CUE equipped models so that it can rejuice a smartphone without demanding a wire be plugged in. The new convenience feature will show up first in the 2015 Cadillac ATS, before rolling out to other models from the brand, and though GM isn't shouting about it, there's a welcome surprise in the standards
Portable batteries are nothing new, they have been around for a long time to help users keep their gadgets charged up while on the go away from an outlet. Mugen Power offers a number of portable batteries and larger capacity internal batteries for a variety of smartphones. Typically, these devices require your factory charging cable to power your phone on the go.
ASUS has unveiled what it says is the world's first NFC-equipped desktop PC, the ASUS M70, a shiny new tower system that has precious few details available at the moment. Among its features, as you might guess from the image, is Qi charging integrated into the top of the tower, allowing users to wirelessly charge their gadgets by setting them on top of the computer.
A company called Ipan Ipan has been producing cases that allow for wireless charging for various smartphones for a while. The company has just unveiled a new wireless charging case using Qi Wireless charging technology. This new case is specifically for the Sony Xperia Z.
Wireless charging is no doubt the device charging method of the future. We've been hearing about Qi for a while now, with the technology being utilized by Nokia and others to bring wireless charging to mobile devices. The technology has finally found its way onboard vehicles, with the upcoming 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited being the first car to feature in-car wireless charging.
The Qi wireless charging standard has been updated to allow for a longer distance between device and charging platform. This will make it easier for the platform to be integrated into various surfaces, including tabletops, furniture, and cars. The Wireless Power Consortium announced the updated Qi standard today, which now allows for a distance of 40mm, up from the previous 5mm.
Having to plug your smartphone or other device in to charge in your car or home isn't difficult. It is inconvenient though to have to mess with chargers. Charging would be much easier to do if all you had to do for charging of your device was place your phone on a table or charge tray. There are some cases and tech available today that will let you charge with no wires. The main standard for this is called Qi and you can get cases for smartphones already that support the open standard.
Wireless charging is one step closer to cross-platform ubiquity, with the news that the Wireless Power Consortium - which counts among its members such manufacturers as Nokia, RIM, HTC, Samsung and LG - has finalized the Qi charging standard. Defining a technology capable of wirelessly funnelling up to 5W into a mobile device, the new standard will hopefully mean an end to fumbling with microUSB or proprietary chargers, and instead having a single platform on which multiple devices can be rejuiced.
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the folks behind the Qi wireless charging standard, made a pretty big announcement. A new specification of the Qi standard now makes it possible for complying chargers to dish out 15 watts of energy. This is more than just a show of power. This figure means that wireless chargers will now be able to support fast charging, a feature that has so far been the domain of wired chargers. When implemented, this could very well strengthen the appeal of wireless charging systems in general.