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. LG Innotek says the pad can provide a 50% charge to many of its phones in just 30 minutes. The pad has special technology to prevent it from overheating. The pad measures the temperature at the point of contact between the pad and the phone, and will automatically cease supplying power if a certain threshold is surpassed. LG Innotek said it may create similar wireless charging products for cars and furniture. The Quick Wireless Charging Pad will go on sale in North America, Europe, and Australia later this month. LG Innotek did not reveal pricing information.
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.
Apple Adopts Qi Wireless Charging, Teases AirPower Charge Mat
Apple today announced new iPhones that are for the first time capable of charging wirelessly. The company has adopted the Qi wireless charging standard for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
LG Innotek Devises Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Sensor
LG Innotek revealed a new fingerprint sensor that works through glass, allowing LG and other smartphone makers to create devices free from buttons. LG Innotek was able to do this by carving a small furrow out of the back side of the glass.
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.
Ikea to Build Wireless Charging Into Its Furniture
The Wireless Power Consortium today announced a new partnership with Ikea, which will see wireless charging capabilities added to Ikea's furniture. Ikea will add Qi-based wireless chargers to bedside tables, desks, floor and table lamps, and desks into charging platforms.