Wireless Charging

Philips Lite-On Digital Solutions and ConvenientPower team for Qi wireless charging in cars

Philips Lite-On Digital Solutions and ConvenientPower team for Qi wireless charging in cars

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.

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Pure Energy Solutions Wildcharge Pads

Pure Energy Solutions Wildcharge Pads

Pure Energy Solutions' technology was used within Duracell pads a year ago, but now they are selling them directly to consumers. These WildCharge mats come in different two different sizes and are capable of charging cellphones by laying them on the mat. A unique back cover that fits around the device will be required for the unit to charge like all pads before this one.

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Concept Design Shows Smartphone Floating in Mid-Air to Charge Battery

Concept Design Shows Smartphone Floating in Mid-Air to Charge Battery

This brand new smartphone and charging cradle concept from designers In-Oh Yoo and Sun-woong Oh, reaches the limits of awesomeness, and at the same time make us wonder why on Earth someone out there hasn't made this a reality yet. Of course, there's a few design elements, like with many concept designs out there, that may make someone scratch their head in confusion. But, the overall picture here is one that blends the lines between science-fiction and reality, even if the whole thing is a dream right now.

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Qi wireless charging standard finalized; first products could drop fall 2010

Qi wireless charging standard finalized; first products could drop fall 2010

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.

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Wireless charging to see 65x growth by 2014 claims iSuppli; Nokia & RIM tipped as cutting their cords

Wireless charging to see 65x growth by 2014 claims iSuppli; Nokia & RIM tipped as cutting their cords

Wireless charging solutions like the Palm Touchstone are likely to increase in shipments by a factor of 65x by 2014, iSuppli are predicting, suggesting that cordless power will spread from mobile phones to "portable media players, digital still cameras and mobile PCs."  They also predict the rise of a common standard which all manufacturers could promote cooperatively.  Current wireless charging shipments are believed to be around 3.6m units in 2010, though iSuppli expect that to rise to 234.9m in just four years time.

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