Wireless Charging

Samsung and Qualcomm form the Alliance for Wireless Power

Samsung and Qualcomm form the Alliance for Wireless Power

It might not quite as exciting as The Avengers initiative, but Samsung and Qualcomm are committed to bringing wireless charging to the masses. The two companies have announced the formation of the Alliance for Wireless Power, a group dedicated to promoting wireless power across the globe, as well as develop new products using the technology.

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Samsung Wireless Charging Kit for Galaxy S III revealed

Samsung Wireless Charging Kit for Galaxy S III revealed

Samsung has revealed the wireless charging kit for the Galaxy S III, a combination of a new battery cover for the third-gen flagship smartphone, and a desk cradle. Set to add the wireless power capabilities we loved from Palm's webOS models to a far more appealing Android device, the optional kit will allow Galaxy S III owners to cut another cord.

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Nokia Lumia 800 mod enables Touchstone charging

Nokia Lumia 800 mod enables Touchstone charging

We’re unfortunately not quite at the point where wireless charging is a reality, but there have been some phones capable of sucking down power via induction, like the Palm Pre. With a little bit of modding know-how and hard work, one YouTube user has taken apart a Nokia Lumia 800 and added the ability to charge via Palm’s Touchstone.

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Qi wireless charging range extended to 40mm

Qi wireless charging range extended to 40mm

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.

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Chrysler bringing wireless charging to 2013 Dodge Dart

Chrysler bringing wireless charging to 2013 Dodge Dart

While I've been wishing for a truly wireless charging solution for some time now, especially in my truck, Chrysler is set to add wireless charging solutions to some of their 2013 line-up starting with the Dodge Dart. Now this doesn't use wires, but it still needs to be in a certain place for the conductive charging system to work. The image below can be a little misleading.

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Apple mulls wireless power in new patent

Apple mulls wireless power in new patent

Join us, friends, as we once again delve into the mysterious and abstract world of patents. AppleInsider has taken a closer look at one of Apple’s new patent applications, called “Active Electronic Media Packaging”. It describes a method that would allow power to be sent wirelessly to devices like the iPhone and iPad while being displayed in a retail setting.

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Samsung Galaxy S III standard wireless charging tipped

Samsung Galaxy S III standard wireless charging tipped

The idea of wireless charging is certainly tantalizing, but right now if you want to try it out with your own smartphones, you need a bulky adapter that adds weight and thickness to the device. So why not just build the technology right into the phone? According to a new rumor, that could just be what Samsung is planning to do with its upcoming Galaxy S III.

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Hertz testing Plugless Power wireless charging for its rental EVs

Hertz testing Plugless Power wireless charging for its rental EVs

Hertz announced this week that it will be the first rental car company to implement a wireless charging system for its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). The company will be participating in Plugless Power's pilot program, a first of its kind in the world.

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Nokia hints at Windows Phones with NFC sans ports

Nokia hints at Windows Phones with NFC sans ports

Nokia's design chief Marko Ahtisaari discussed the direction of future Lumia Windows Phones in an interview with The Guardian, hinting at NFC and wireless charging. Ahtisaari has been at the helm of Nokia's design team since 2009, during which the company developed the Nokia N9, Nokia Lumia 800, and the Nokia Lumia 900.

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Motorola teases wireless charging for CES 2012

Motorola teases wireless charging for CES 2012

Drooling toaster? Actually this is Motorola's latest CES teaser, a weeping USB charger and the promise to "Stay Unplugged"; it doesn't take a genius to figure out that wireless charging is on the table for this week's show. What remains to be seen is exactly how Motorola implements it, what products it will work with, and whether the company jumps on board with an existing wireless power protocol or has cooked up one of its own.

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Patent app for Apple inductive charger surfaces

Patent app for Apple inductive charger surfaces

Last month we heard that the iPhone next year could get inductive charging. The patent app for an inductive charger has now surfaced that was field by Apple. The app was published today apparently and shows different methods of inductive charging that Apple might take. The first one is an odd tower that appears to charge by wrapping the headphone cables around it.

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2012 iPhone could have inductive wireless charging

2012 iPhone could have inductive wireless charging

Apple is reportedly considering a new charging technology for the 2012 iPhone, the successor to the new model - or models - expected to arrive later this year. According to the WSJ's sources, while Apple has been busy prepping the fifth-gen iPhone for its Q3 release, some of its engineers have been working on a more significant reworking for the following year.

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