Wireless Charging

Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Wireless charging is slowly becoming a staple feature in mobile devices these days, but not all mainstream flagship smartphones are able to take advantage of this technology. Some, like the HTC One M9, are prevented from adopting wireless charing because of their metal bodies. That will soon change, if Qualcomm has its way. The mobile chip maker has just announced a breakthrough in its WiPower wireless charging technology that will finally allow mobile devices with metal cases to take advantage of all that the technology has to offer.

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Samsung SE370 monitor can also charge your phone wirelessly

Samsung SE370 monitor can also charge your phone wirelessly

2K resolutions. 4K resolutions. Curved screens. These are just some of the technological advancements that have descended upon the humble computer monitor. Here's one more: wireless charging. What may seem at first a non sequitur when it comes to computer monitors actually offers the ultimate convenience and peace of mind of having your smartphone right in front of you, charging, but without the hassles of tangling cords or space-consuming docks. All while you sit back and relax with your movie or hunch over your keyboard and mouse for that high-octane PC game.

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KAIST wireless charging system can charge multiple devices at once

KAIST wireless charging system can charge multiple devices at once

The big black squares you see in these images below are a new wireless charging system that has been developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology known as KAIST. The wireless charging device is different from many of the others already on the market in that it has the ability to charge multiple devices at the same time, but that isn’t the only cool thing this new wireless charging system can do.

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Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google suggests that inside the notebook computers of tomorrow will be wireless charging coils for smartphones and wireless power receivers. A new patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office has revealed Google's plans to implement standardized wireless charging abilities into an on the keyboards of the laptop computers of tomorrow. Or perhaps the Chromebooks of tomorrow, if Google's love of Chrome OS stays strong enough long enough. These chargers would be under the caps of the keys on your keyboard, sending power out or acting as receivers of power in alternate use cases.

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Qi gets a wattage boost to support wireless fast charging

Qi gets a wattage boost to support wireless fast charging

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.

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Researchers harness the power of Wi-Fi to charge devices

Researchers harness the power of Wi-Fi to charge devices

A team of researchers from the University of Washington (UW) are working on perfecting a method of charging electronic devices using ambient Wi-Fi signals. They technology, PoWiFi (power over Wi-Fi) makes a small change to routers, so they send out a constant signal that can be harnessed and converted into DC power by a "harvester". The idea isn't new, embodied by Energous's WattUp, but the UW scientists' PoWiFi works with pre-existing hardware, so there is no need to buy a separate device. Their modified routers are able to send data and power over the same signal.

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Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Two of the major wireless charging standards will merge, promising simpler and more effective ways to rejuice gadgets without having to plug them in. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have been talking about teaming up to take on the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard for a year now, inking a letter-of-intent back in January, but it's only today that the - currently nameless - collaboration has been made official. Next up, though, comes the hard part.

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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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