Wireless Charging

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 wireless battery charging experiments could end up in iWatch

Apple wireless battery charging experiments could end up in iWatch

As mobile devices get more powerful and wearables start getting traction, the bottleneck of delivering a great user experience lies not on the processor anymore but on batteries. While other companies are sweating over the next battery revolution, Apple is reported to be taking a more muted approach and focusing on improving charging methods instead.

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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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Rezence wireless charging brand launched by Alliance for Wireless Power

Rezence wireless charging brand launched by Alliance for Wireless Power

The Alliance for Wireless Power or A4WP consortium is a group of companies pushing a wireless power format. The A4WP consortium was founded by Qualcomm and Samsung and boasts 70 members. The consortium of companies has announced its new wireless power gear brand called Rezence.

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Toyota adopts WiTricity wireless EV charging for 2014 trial

Toyota adopts WiTricity wireless EV charging for 2014 trial

Toyota has picked a wireless charging system for its upcoming hybrid and EV cars, adopting WiTricity ahead of formal trials of the technology beginning in 2014. Set to appear on the next-gen Prius and other eco-friendly cars from Toyota, the company confirmed to us back in August, the system will allow drivers to recharge their car batteries simply by parking on top of a special electromagnetic-resonant transmitters that could take the form of simple mats or be embedded into parking spaces.

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Volvo: Wireless car charging works but isn’t ready for primetime

Volvo: Wireless car charging works but isn’t ready for primetime

Volvo has completed a wireless charging system trial for EVs, concluding that though the technology works and is particularly convenient, the lack of a common standard means it's not ready for the mass market. The trial, which saw a modified Volvo C30 Electric recharged by embedded induction coils in a wireless base-station, proved that not only does the system work but that it's quick, too, taking the car from zero to fully "fueled" in around 2.5hrs.

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Hevo Power bringing manhole-disguised electric car chargers to NYC

Hevo Power bringing manhole-disguised electric car chargers to NYC

Electric cars are gaining traction among consumers, but the issue of charging while on the go is still one that needs addressed on a larger level. Hevo Power has taken to the topic, looking to add a charging option for EV drivers in New York in the form of circular manhole-disguised units. If all goes as planned, they will be available next year.

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Qualcomm joins PMA, aims for wireless charging standardization

Qualcomm joins PMA, aims for wireless charging standardization

Semiconductor company Qualcomm has joined Power Matters Alliance (PMA), the "big tent" of wireless power standards. It is the 100th member to join the organization, which includes the likes of AT&T, Google and Starbucks. Qualcomm will help PMA standardize worldwide specifications for both "low frequency induction" and "high frequency resonance" wireless charging.

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Mugenizer N11 portable battery supports Qi wireless charging

Mugenizer N11 portable battery supports Qi wireless charging

Portable batteries are nothing new, they have been around for a long time to help users keep their gadgets charged up while on the go away from an outlet. Mugen Power offers a number of portable batteries and larger capacity internal batteries for a variety of smartphones. Typically, these devices require your factory charging cable to power your phone on the go.

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ASUS M70 hailed as first desktop with NFC, offers Qi wireless charging

ASUS M70 hailed as first desktop with NFC, offers Qi wireless charging

ASUS has unveiled what it says is the world's first NFC-equipped desktop PC, the ASUS M70, a shiny new tower system that has precious few details available at the moment. Among its features, as you might guess from the image, is Qi charging integrated into the top of the tower, allowing users to wirelessly charge their gadgets by setting them on top of the computer.

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Formula E taps Qualcomm Halo for multi-year electric vehicle racing partnership

Formula E taps Qualcomm Halo for multi-year electric vehicle racing partnership

This week it's been announced that the high-powered Formula racing circuit known as the FIA Formula E Championship will be working with Qualcomm as their official charging technology provider. This racing series is one made unique by featuring only Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. Qualcomm's part in this will be providing their own Halo Electric Vehicle Charging technology to the pits for all vehicles in the circuit to utilize.

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