Qi Can Now Charge Devices Wirelessly Up to 40mm Away
The Wireless Power Consortium today announced that it has updated the Qi wireless charging standard to allow inductive charging to take place over longer distances. Previously, the standard required that devices be within 5mm of the magnetic charging platform. With the updated standard, 5 watt devices can now receive a wireless magnetic inductive charge when placed up to 40mm away from the charging platform. The WPC also added 12 new transmitter designs to the specification, which offer consumer electronics makers more freedom in device placement, magnetic and non-magnetic device alignment, and differing power options, such as USB all while remaining Qi compliant. Together, these changes will allow the Qi-enabled charging platforms to be build into more surfaces, such as counters, desks, tables, and cars.
WattUp Distance Wireless Charging Coming To Major-Brand Phone
Energous has revealed that a "tier 1" consumer electronics company has agreed to implement WattUp wireless charging technology in a number of consumer products, including a phone. WattUp is an RF-based wireless charging technology that can be implemented in a number of ways, including transmitters that can send power wirelessly up to 15 feet, using a large array of antennas and beam-forming technology to send focused energy in the 5.8 GHz radio band.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Powermat this week showed off an early version of its forthcoming universal fast wireless charging ring for public Powermat charging stations, at locations such as Starbucks. Current charging rings come in two separate versions: Lightning for iPhones, and micro-USB for all other phones.
Starbucks Officially Debuts Wireless Charging in Shops
Starbucks has begun to deploy wireless charging stations at select coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company said 200 stores now offer wireless charging spots on tables and coffee bars.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.