Qualcomm Teams Up with PowerMat and Duracell
Qualcomm has signed two separate letters of intent to explore new wireless charging solutions with both PowerMat and Duracell. Qualcomm, PowerMat and Duracell will look at how charging solutions can be integrated into consumer electronics and components that are made by Qualcomm. Qualcomm also hopes to create an industry alliance that supports flexible coupling-based wireless power and will create a standard that can be applied to all consumer electronics.
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.
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.
Starbucks to Expand Wireless Charging to More Stores
Starbucks is prepared to increase the availability of wireless charging stations at its coffee shops. The company has been trialling the technology in San Francisco and Boston for some time, and has decided to make a broader push first by expanding across the entire Bay Area and then to other regions.