Wireless Charging

Microsoft confirms support for Qi standard by joining WPC

Microsoft confirms support for Qi standard by joining WPC

The wireless charging wars continue. Today Microsoft has let it be known that they’re officially tossing their hat in with the Wireless Power Consortium for the standard wireless abilities quite a few Windows Phone devices already have. Given the idea that Nokia really will end up having their handset business owned by Microsoft in full in the near future, it makes a lot of sense that Microsoft would support the wireless standard they’d already have in place.

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Nokia kinetic phone charging made real: dancing for power

Nokia kinetic phone charging made real: dancing for power

There’s a fellow by the name of Markku at Nokia’s Sensors and Energy department - the Principal Researcher of that department. He’s working on a project that’s going to allow users to dance to charge up their smartphone. While it’s relatively far off from a final product, the team has taken to the streets to show the concept off.

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A4WP Dell wireless charging for laptops incoming

A4WP Dell wireless charging for laptops incoming

Shortly after the folks at A4WP announced they’d be teaming up with another one of the major wireless standards (A4DP + PMA)> this month, they’ve pulled Dell aboard. Dell’s acceptance of A4DP’s wireless standard this week means that the company will likely bring on wireless charging notebooks in the near future. How Dell’s wireless charging will be implemented exactly is another matter entirely.

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Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota will begin testing its wireless charging system for the Prius and other EVs and plug-in hybrids later the month, aiming to cut the number of times drivers of eco-friendly vehicles need to plug in. The technology, a ruggedized pad that sits in a parking space and can withstand being driven over by the careless, begins charging as soon as a compatible car is positioned on top, with Toyota's video demo - which you can see after the cut - showing a self-parking Prius automatically maneuvering itself into place.

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Wireless charging standards sign agreement: 3 become 2 [UPDATE: WPC comments]

Wireless charging standards sign agreement: 3 become 2 [UPDATE: WPC comments]

This week two of the three major wireless charging standards groups have signed an agreement which will have the two technologies be able to exist on the same device. This agreement has A4WP and PMA, aka the Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance, signing up to allow their two standards to work side-by-side. The odd-man-out is the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium), the group that works with Qi-standard charging.

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Apple patents computer with extreme-angle projector, wireless charging

Apple patents computer with extreme-angle projector, wireless charging

Apple has been bulk-granted 51 new patents, Patently Apple reports, and one of them is a computer with an extreme-angle projector built-in. The patent describes a "desk-free" computer wirelessly connected to all peripherals and using any available vertical surface as a display screen. The computer would, alas, require some presumably non-desk surface to sit on, dashing the hopes of gravity-defying computer aficionados everywhere.

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