Wireless Charging

Mercedes and Qualcomm team on wireless charging cars

Mercedes and Qualcomm team on wireless charging cars

Your Mercedes-Benz EV may soon wirelessly charge just like a Formula-E car, with Daimler inking a deal with Qualcomm around high-tech car gadgetry. The two companies are partnering up on automotive development, including wireless charging both for cars and the smartphones and tablets inside them, as well as ways to get connected cars online and at high speed while on the move. For Qualcomm, it's an opportunity to branch out beyond the increasingly competitive smartphone chipset market.

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IKEA’s wireless charging furniture coming to the US in Spring

IKEA’s wireless charging furniture coming to the US in Spring

Everybody loves devices, but nobody loves cords. That seems to be the growing sentiment lately. The growing number of mobile devices at home means there might also be a jungle of wires and cables, all competing for the wall socket. And sometimes they might even compete with home appliances. In an attempt to bring peace to the world, at least the world inside the home, IKEA has come out with a couple of wireless charging solutions that bring both utility and beauty to your house. And the good news is that they're finally arriving in the US too.

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Duracell’s Power Ring swings, misses at wireless charging

Duracell’s Power Ring swings, misses at wireless charging

Two years ago at CES, I stopped (rare at CES) to grab a coffee at Starbucks. While sitting there, I noticed these funny rings littering the table top. I initially thought some tech startup hopeful left them behind, but signage soon told me they were ‘Duracell Power Rings’ you could plug into your phone and settle over the table, which would charge your phone wirelessly. Any phone! ‘Neat concept’, I thought. ‘I’d definitely grab one for $5 if I went to Starbucks more’. But for $50? Not a chance.

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IKEA announces tables, lamps with wireless charging

IKEA announces tables, lamps with wireless charging

We might be in the midst of the wearables boom right now, but a safe bet for the next technology to take off in the next few years is wireless charging. Thanks to features from a handful of smartphone manufacturers, as well as several charging accessory makers, wireless charging seems prime to be popular among consumers. Furniture retailer IKEA
is betting on it, as they're just announced a new line of lamps and tables that feature integrated wireless charging.

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Samsung wants wireless charging as a standard, just in time for Galaxy S6

Samsung wants wireless charging as a standard, just in time for Galaxy S6

Wireless charging is nothing new for Samsung handsets, but it has yet to become a standard feature Samsung talks up in a big way. That might change with the Galaxy S6, though. In a new blog post, Samsung is saying they’d prefer wireless charging to be industry standard fare, and that phones support all forms of wireless charging. After being on the cusp of marketability for some time, Samsung also outlines why wireless charing may have been left off of existing handsets.

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Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

The pace of mobile chip development is relentless, something Qualcomm knows better than most with its new Snapdragon 810. Announced nearly a year ago, yet only set to show up in commercial phones and tablets in the coming months, the new Snapdragon arrives at a challenging time in mobile: raw performance simply isn't enough to win customers any more. So, it was with expectations broader than for just another fast chip that I sat down in Qualcomm's San Diego offices, the new Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) tablet and phone in front of me. After the cut, yes, there are benchmarks, but pure potency isn't all that you should care about.

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TYLT Vu Car review: True mobile wireless charging

TYLT Vu Car review: True mobile wireless charging

Charging your phone wirelessly is great for use at home, but what about when you’re on the road? It might actually be more useful then; fumbling with cables and docks while driving is dangerous. If you’re one to keep your phone in a car mount, and like to charge while on the go, TYLT’s Vu Wireless Charging Car Mount is one you should take a look at. With its versatility and overall solid construction, it might just be your next car mount. Here’s why.

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TYLT Vu Solo wireless charger review

TYLT Vu Solo wireless charger review

Wireless charging is more trick than treat for most smartphone users, but those able to take advantage understand its benefits. Set your phone down on a pad, and it charges. There are no fussy cables to pick up, and you don’t risk screwing up your charging port (which does much more than just charge your phone). With TYLT’s new Vu Solo charger, setting your phone down on a wireless charging pad is much less a guessing game than it has been, as a neat alignment guide keeps your charging in focus.

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Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate hands-on

Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate hands-on

This week one of the last Nokia-branded devices to be released by Microsoft is hitting shelves: the Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate. This device might appear to be a standard Qi-compatible charging plate at first glance, but once you've got your phone sitting on top, the light-up intelligence of the device becomes clear. This device works with an included USB cable which can plug into its included wall socket or your PC for charging and data transfer - and it comes in bright green!

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Microsoft Research wants to use lasers to recharge phones

Microsoft Research wants to use lasers to recharge phones

Wireless charging, with all its competing standards, has nothing on Microsoft Research's rather ambitious idea. The research arm of the tech giant is looking for the most efficient and, at the same time, safest way to charge mobile devices without involving strangling cables and hugging walls. It's answer? Lasers, not the destructive kind you see in fiction or medicine but light that carries energy, making our smartphones the functional equivalent of energy-gathering solar panels, except without the need to look for the sun every time you need a battery boost.

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