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.
LG Innotek Devises Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Sensor
May 2, 2016
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.
Unicode 11 Proposes 67 New Emoji
Aug 4, 2017
The Unicode Consortium today proposed adding 67 new emoji as part of Unicode 11, including a variety of faces, body parts, food items, animals, clothing items, objects, and activities. Some of the face options include smiling face with cape, face with uneven eyes and wavy mouth, and face with glistening eyes.
Unicode 10 Adds 56 New Emoji
Jun 21, 2017
The Unicode Consortium this week announced Unicode 10, which includes 56 new emoji characters and four new scripts. Some of the new emoji include facial expressions (raised eyebrow, hand-over-mouth), more men and women (bearded man, woman in head garb), hand symbols, food (dumpling, fortune cookie), clothing items, animals (dinosaurs, bugs), vehicles (flying saucer, sled), and a curling stone.
Apple Proposes New Emoji to Represent Those with Disabilities
Mar 24, 2018
Apple has suggested to the Unicode Consortium that it add a new batch of accessibility emoji that depict characters with disabilities. In its letter to the Consortium, Apple said, "Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities.
Google Intros Spec for Streaming Audio from Android Phones to Hearing Aids
Aug 16, 2018
Google today said that it partnered with GN Hearing to create an open specification meant to stream audio to hearing aids. The published spec is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels.