The Future of Wireless Charging

Eliminating the need to carry chargers and cords.

By Albert Aydin on December 19, 2012

Have you ever been out in public with a smartphone or tablet that’s running out of battery power? If so, you know the anxiety of searching for an outlet and the hassle of travelling with chargers and cords for your devices. The vision of charging a phone by simply placing it on a tabletop has seemed unrealistic until now. But, charging technology has evolved as wireless charging-enabled devices are introduced.

Until recently, wireless charging mats could only be used with devices with a special case or sleeve. This capability is now being built into smartphones, like the DROID DNA and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, and is on its way to becoming a more prevalent feature. According to the analyst firm IHS, global shipments of wirelessly charging-enabled devices are projected to rise from 5 million units this year to nearly 100 million by 2015.

In the home, wireless charging can provide the convenience of charging a device while eliminating cord clutter. Wireless chargers also come in different designs such as the Nokia Wireless Charging Plate which is a dedicated wireless charger. The advanced Nokia JBL Power Up Speaker combines a Bluetooth stereo with wireless charging. Pick the playlist or internet radio station you want to listen to and just place the device on the speaker to start charging.

However, the biggest opportunity for the technology is in public places, allowing users to charge devices without carrying around a power pack or fighting over an outlet in a crowded coffee shop or airport.

From Starbucks and Delta Air Lines Sky Clubs to large venues like Madison Square Garden, businesses are beginning to embed charging stations into tables and bars as a service for customers. Even General Motors is planning to incorporate Duracell Powermat systems in future Cadillac, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles for wireless charging on the road.

With the increase in wireless charging-enabled devices and the future popularity of charging stations in public, before long users will be able to charge smartphones from just about anywhere.

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