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.
Didn’t get enough of Qi at CES? The Wireless Power Consortium will be at Mobile World Congress from 2-5 March 2015. Stop by Booth 5C41 Hall 5 to fuel up with fresh coffee and top up your phone with wireless charging. There will also be a raffle for a Nokia phone that comes ready with Qi!
Qi was been chosen by the German auto consortium CE4A for use in Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and VW. The cars pictured below are available on the market and have Qi technology to wirelessly charge your car on the go.
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