Now that Starbucks and Duracell are rolling out a nationwide wireless charging initiative at Starbucks stores, will it work with your phone? Not a lot of us have phones that can accept a charge via a contact pad like the Powermat Starbucks will be using. Especially those with iPhones, which has never had any method of wireless charging. That’s changed, though, and we’ll tell you how you can charge your iPhone wirelessly at Starbucks in the near future.
Starbucks has introduced a new way for its customers to charge up their devices: wireless charging stations. The new offering is rolling out now, having kicked off with the company's San Francisco stores. If you're not in that area and want to take advantage of the feature, you might have to wait a while: the roll out is planned over the next three years.
This week Intel has made clear their intentions to create a wireless PC universe in the year 2016. With their post-Broadwell Intel Core processors, the company will aim for wireless charging in all things. This week the company makes plain their plan to bring systems like magnetic resonance charging to the public.
Broadcom is a company that creates chips for computers of all kinds, including smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. This week they’ve decided to play a new hand in the wireless charging business by bringing on the "BCM59350 wireless power receiver chip." This chip allows whatever device its planted in to use any wireless charging pad it likes.
What if the credit card in your wallet could someday power your heart? Researchers at Stanford have created an electronic device smaller than a grain of rice, which can be charged remotely by a device roughly the size of a credit card. The goal is to use it as an implant for humans, with it having been tested as a pacemaker for a rabbit already.
Researches at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are on to something big; so big that it will change your perception about wireless charging forever. With the technology that they are on to, KAIST researches hope to make power cords redundant in the future and get you to power up to 40 smartphones at one go. The good news is that the technology can be extended to powering a large TV or even a fan.
Toshiba has just unveiled a new integrated circuit or IC that will hopefully help make wireless charging a more viable technology. Aside from being compatible with past and future devices and accessories, the TC7763WBG wireless power receiver IC enables such devices to charge as quickly as wired methods.
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.
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.
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.