Bluetooth SIG and A4WP to Unite on Wireless Charging
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group and the Alliance for Wireless Power today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that they hope will lead to the creation of a smart wireless charging station. The Bluetooth SIG has issued a UUID to A4WP so it can be added to its baseline system specification. This will use the Bluetooth Smart radio standard to talk to an A4WP charging station and allow A4WP-certified phones to pair with the station and charge. The organizations say this will lead to quicker charge initiation, improved power control features, and let handset makers and developers create new apps that interact with the smart wireless charging station and devices that use it to charge. The organizations did not provide a timeline for producing a finalized spec or the charging stations.
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.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
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.
LG Debuts Wireless Charging Pad
LG Innotek today announced the Quick Wireless Charging Pad, a way for smartphone owners to rapidly charge their mobile devices. The Quick Wireless Charging Pad relies on the Wireless Power Consortium, or Qi, wireless charging spec and supplies 15 W of power.