It has been a very good month for WPC members and for the wireless charging industry as a whole. Qi wireless charging has been growing at a healthy rate over the last few years in all the important sectors: automotive, consumer, public infrastructure. But the IKEA and Samsung announcements at MWC this month have increased the awareness and demand for Qi far beyond expectation. We are now experiencing a step-function in interest and witnessing the acceleration of mainstream-adoption of the Qi standard.
IKEA and Samsung stole the news cycle this week, and were covered everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to Mashable to Apartment Therapy. Here’s why Qi led headlines this week.
Have you heard the news? Mainstream adoption of wireless power is accelerating. Recent announcements by Samsung and IKEA have significantly increased awareness and interest for Qi and the wireless power industry as a whole. The consumer press coverage is unprecedented and it sure looks like we’ve passed the tipping point into mainstream adoption.
With all the news coming out of Mobile World Congress, get the newest facts about wireless charging and Qi.
Aircharge today announced the launch of a new mobile application to allow consumers to easily locate a public location or venue that provides wireless charging compatible with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi interoperable standard. Currently, there are more than 3,000 existing locations deployed around the globe, and the WPC predicts this will increase rapidly as support for Qi wireless charging from major mobile phone manufacturers continues to accelerate, driving widespread consumer awareness and adoption.
IKEA is the leader in life at home. Today, technology is a core part of many people’s home environment. We stay connected and interact using smart phones and tablets. But through research about life at home, IKEA saw that looking for a charger for your devices and getting rid of cable mess was a true customer wish. IKEA took this challenge and added their home furnishing knowledge. The solution was furnishings with built in wireless chargers. In order to get access to the technology, the users and creators of the Qi standard, IKEA became a member of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
The Qi wireless charging standard has been around since 2008, when a group of innovative companies formed the Wireless Power Consortium. The WPC quickly understood that businesses and consumers needed a simple, open wireless power standard to deliver affordable and quality products.
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