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Wireless Charging in Automotive That Is Here and Now

Posted on Thursday 8 January 2015, by Carissa Cotner

Wireless Charging in Automotive That Is Here and Now

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.


Consumers are loving it: McDonald’s to add 600 Qi wireless charging spots in the UK

Posted on Wednesday 7 January 2015, by Carissa Cotner

Consumers are loving it: McDonald’s to add 600 Qi wireless charging spots in the UK

The king of fast food convenience is making the dining experience even better with Qi wireless charging in the United Kingdom. At CES 2015, Aircharge announced an expanded partnership with McDonald’s UK to add 600 wireless charging hotspots at more than 50 McDonald’s restaurants in London and elsewhere.

The expanded rollout comes after a successful initial market test between Aircharge and McDonald’s UK aimed at delivering additional value to customers, while also benefitting the McDonald’s operation.

According to a report from one McDonald’s location, customers were clamoring to access the Qi wireless charging service, prompting many to wait up to 30 minutes so they could.

The Aircharge charging spots were specially designed to be water resistant and easy to wipe clean – perfect for a public environment like a restaurant. And because they’re using Qi, many consumers already have devices that are ready to charge. There are already more than 70 Qi-enable smartphones on the market. During the rollout, Aircharge worked with Desireitnow for data layer support.

Even customers who don’t have a Qi-enabled smartphone can use the provided Aircharge wireless charging receiver. So next time you’re in the UK, make sure you get a wireless charge to go with your chips!

For more information, visit www.air-charge.com


Leading wireless power Industry analyst joins WPC member Aircharge

Posted on Wednesday 7 January 2015, by John Perzow

Leading wireless power Industry analyst joins WPC member Aircharge

We had chance to catch up with Ryan Sanderson, recognized as the leading market analyst for wireless power in his former position at IHS. Ryan has just joined Aircharge, a UK-based company and charter member of the WPC Infrastructure Applications Group (IAG) focussed on bringing wireless charging to the office, home and public spaces. We asked Ryan a few questions regarding his new position:

Q: What prompted your move from a research role at IHS to a commercial development role with Aircharge?

I first started analyzing the wireless power market in 2009 and I’ve always been fascinated by the technology and the concept of removing the wire. I firmly believe that wireless charging will become mainstream and this is a great opportunity for me to be part of the rapidly evolving wireless power ecosystem and play a pivotal role in its rollout.

Q: Why did you choose Aircharge?

One of my biggest frustrations with the wireless power market is the huge amount of companies that are sitting back and waiting to see how the market evolves before deploying products. Aircharge already have wireless charging deployments in over 80 locations in the UK, including Vodafone UK headquarters and pilots currently active in a number of UK based McDonald’s restaurants and Ladbrokes betting and gaming outlets. In addition, it has a range of accessories that enable wireless charging with a strong focus on consumer experience and compatibility throughout its range.

Q: Aircharge have a large presence at CES on the WPC stand. What is on show?

We have twenty Aircharge wireless charging points that attendees can come and try out. The charging points are compatible with any of the 70 plus smartphones that are already Qi enabled, and our Aircharge “dongles” will enable any phone, which isn’t already compatible. Aircharge also is demonstrating how it can provide synergy between wireless charging and the use of other emerging technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and NFC to provide identification, networking and contactless payment, enabling the integration of fundamental functions that we will all come to rely on in the future. Come and visit booth SL-2 for a demonstration.


Wireless Power Consortium and Qi Fast Facts

Posted on Tuesday 6 January 2015, by John Perzow

Wireless Power Consortium and Qi Fast Facts

On the eve of CES, check out some fast facts about the WPC below:

Overview:
Founded in 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium is backed by more than 200 leading companies – and growing – that support the Qi (chee) wireless charging standard. These companies innovate across a diverse range of industries, including mobile and consumer electronics, batteries, semiconductors, components, wireless operators, furniture, and automotive manufacturers. As an open organization, WPC members collaborate on Qi to ensure safety, compatibility and ease of use.
Around the world, Qi delivers power when and where users need it without clumsy cables – and it’s available now. Qi just works and it’s where users need power most – homes, airports, automobiles, hotels, restaurants, and more. Simply set your Qi-enabled device on any Qi charger (charging pad or embedded charger in countertops, furniture or car consoles) to keep it powered. If it has the Qi logo, any receiver will work with any transmitter, no matter the manufacturer.

The technology
• Qi is an established, evolving wireless charging standard that supports inductive and resonant charging, while ensuring full backward compatibility with all Qi devices.
• Qi is capable of scaling from less than 1 watt to over 1,000 watts of power, enabling countless products and applications.
• Qi fully supports the capability to charge multiple devices at once with full spatial freedom.

The ecosystem
• More than 210 WPC member companies in 20 countries are designing and creating Qi product that are offered across the globe.
• Members include IKEA, Verizon, Samsung, Motorola, Philips, Haier, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Freescale, MediaTek, PowerbyProxy, ConvenientPower, Aircharge, Delphi Automotive, Leggett & Platt, among others.
• There are more than 600 Qi certified products on the market
• Qi has a global installed base of 50+ million devices
• More than 70 smartphones are Qi-enabled from a range of today’s top handset manufacturers.
• There is a worldwide network of WPC-authorized certification labs to ensure that products bearing the Qi logo are always backward compatible and interoperable.

Important links:
CES Microsite: http://QiatCES.com 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/qipower
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PowerByQi
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/PowerByQi
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-wireless-power-consortium
 


Marriott Woos with Wireless Power

Posted on Thursday 13 November 2014, by John Perzow

WPC members are making their way into hotels and Hoteliers attract tech-savvy millennials with Qi. As Elise Ackerman writes in Forbes “… launched this month, portable cubes that allow for both (Qi) wireless and wired charging were distributed to 29 properties...

Marriott Woos with Wireless Power

WPC members are making their way into hotels and Hoteliers attract tech-savvy millennials with Qi.  As Elise Ackerman writes in Forbes  “… launched this month, portable cubes that allow for both (Qi) wireless and wired charging were distributed to 29 properties. Guests can pick up a cube, made by (WPC member) Kube Systems, from the desk in the lobby and charge their devices while they work, drink or socialize. Dail (Michael Dail, Marriott Global Brand Marketing Lead) said the pilot is a response to requests from customers with a seemingly insatiable appetite for electric charge”. 

The members of the WPC and the Qi standard are opening new worlds of services, products and markets.

See the WPC at the International Hotel, Motel, Restaurant Show (IHMRS) in New York, New York from November 8th through November 11th, 2014, booth 3124.


AT&T and Verizon Launch new Qi Phones

Posted on Tuesday 4 November 2014, by John Perzow

AT&T and Verizon Launch new Qi Phones

AT&T will make the Nokia mid-range flagship 830 available this Friday November 7 in the US.  This phone comes out-of-the-box with Qi built in.  It’s a beautiful phone with a fine camera, high-speed processor and lots of memory.   

Verizon is also launching a new Qi phone, the Motorola Droid Turbo.  This is a top-end phone with all the best features one could want. It runs a blazing 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, and with its 3900mAh battery, you can jump-start your car (kidding)—but it will last for several days of normal usage.  


The World’s First Resonant Charger that is Qi v1.1 Compliant

Posted on Monday 20 October 2014, by John Perzow

The World’s First Resonant Charger that is Qi v1.1 Compliant

On the heels of the WPC’s addition of two new transmitter topologies to the Qi standard in Beijing last month, ConvenientPower revealed the first products that utilize one of these designs.  A new Qi v1.1 transmitter topology, called the A27, enables ConvenientPower’s Tx R2 transmitter series that charge existing Qi phones at a distance of up to 20mm. When these transmitters are combined with a ConvenientPower receiver, the charging distance is increased to 30mm. 

This technology launch represents an important wireless charging breakthrough as consumers, automobile and furniture makers, hoteliers and restaurateurs have been looking for this flexibility.  Not only does increased charging distance enable new products, services and increased manufacturing flexibility, this innovation demonstrates the power of WPC’s co-opetition style of standards development.  When leading technology competitors agree to cooperate and collaborate with a common vision, good things happen for consumers and businesses alike.

  • ConvenientPower’s Tx-R2 platform embodies the following new features
    • Uses the latest Qi A-27 coil structure
    • Qi 1.1 compliant at 5mm
    • Enables charging existing Qi phones up to 20mm *
    • Enables  charging up to 30mm with ConvenientPower’s new receiver design
    • Adapts to charge continuously (dynamically) across its Z-distance range.
    • Charges a receiver that is up to 35 degrees off parallel
  • The Tx-R2 is a platform that combines superior user experience and design freedom for developers and manufacturers. The Tx-R2 platform is Qi-certifiable and demonstrates what is possible beyond the present Qi 1.1 ecosystem.

The Wireless Power Consortium is organized to inspire the best minds in the industry to work together and create a standard that brings real value.  The test of this approach is the resulting number and variety of products and services.  With more than 600 products and 34 types of transmitters, there is no doubt that the WPC is showing the way to a world without wires.

*Performance depends on Qi receiver.


Hospitality Industry Sees the Value of Qi Wireless Charging

Posted on Tuesday 7 October 2014, by John Perzow

Hospitality Industry Sees the Value of Qi Wireless Charging

It’s happened to everyone. You reach the restaurant, bus stop, hotel or aiport gate just as your phone battery is on its last leg. Panic sets in. We call that feeling battery anxiety.

The WPC is working to eliminate that battery anxiety, and earlier this week, Marriott installed Qi-compatible charging stations by Kube Systems in its newly redesigned great room lobbies in 29 U.S. hotel locations, making our goal one step closer to becoming a reality.

This rollout is important for wireless charging because it signals the adoption by the hospitality industry, a move that will help drive other hoteliers and restaurateurs to follow in their footsteps. Marriott recognized the value that wireless charging brings its guests and jumped on the opportunity to differentiate its brand with innovative technology.  Marriott technologists worked with Kube Systems to fine-tune the design and they chose Qi because it is the leading and most widely adopted standard.

Wireless charging in hotel environments not only opens the door to unique services only Qi can enable, but also a personalized in-room experience, simplified check-in and marketing for hotel customers. This is a big milestone and a sign of more to come.

With the rollout of Qi in hotels, soon your entire travel experience could be supported by wireless charging, from the bed-side charger, to the car, to the airport, and now to the hotel. With the implementation of wireless charging spots at every touch point in your life and travel, the fear of battery anxiety will be a forgotten worry, since your battery will always be full.

See Marriott’s press release that announces the deployment of Kube Systems and Qi wireless charging here: http://news.marriott.com/2014/10/dont-get-tied-down-by-your-phone-or-tablet-power-cord-marriott-hotels-debuts-wireless-charging-in-gr.html

 


Power Without Wires: A Practical Look at The State of Wireless Charging Technologies

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2014, by John Perzow

Power Without Wires: A Practical Look at The State of Wireless Charging Technologies

Last night more than 30 leading brands across multiple industries met in London to discuss the growing need for wireless charging capabilities and solutions. Innovative leaders in retail and manufacturing like IKEA, Nokia, Aircharge, Microsoft and various German car manufacturers shared insights and strategies for wireless charging implementation with attendees at the expanded roundtable event.

WPC member companies that have already experienced wireless charging success and witnessed the growth of Qi, shared their stories, including: ZENS’ recent outfitting of an entire Deloitte building in Amsterdam with Qi chargers at every desk workspace; CE4A’s research and recommendation to its members to install Qi technology for in-car wireless charging capability; furniture companies such as IKEA and C+P Furniture inclusion of Qi technology in their office equipment.

The event was held in London’s Clerkenwell design district, notable for its recent large-scale deployment of Qi in multiple shops and buildings. In addition to sharing best practices of this implementation, Clerkenwell gave a look ahead at what’s to come, and explained the “miniature Qi world,” which is our dream of an always-charged, battery anxiety-free world.

These forward thinking companies joined together to show how innovative ideas with Qi can transform the future of technology. Other topics of discussion included:

  • Status and new service opportunities with broad wireless charging adoption
  • Real-world installation experiences
  • The necessity of interoperability, efficiency and technical advancement in wireless charging


Qi wireless charging goes mainstream

Posted on Wednesday 27 August 2014, by John Perzow

Qi wireless charging goes mainstream

Qi has entered mainstream consumer adoption and quickly solidified its position as market leader.  With new Qi installations in airports, public venues, office buildings, restaurants, hotels and cars, the installed base of Qi-enabled wireless charging spots has increased to more than 30 countries and one million locations.

Qi’s success is due to our 200-plus member companies that are fueling exciting innovation of the Qi standard, building unique Qi products and developing Qi-based business services.  Our members are driving the accelerated adoption of wireless charging by consumers and businesses around the globe.

With more than 65 Qi-compatible mobile phone models and more than 500 different Qi products, the deployed base and industry commitment to the Qi standard has expanded to 50 million devices, allowing users to experience the utility and convenience of wireless charging and related services.

Take a look at the different places Qi can be found:

Offices

Restaurants

  • Nine McDonalds restaurants in Hannover, Germany, recently installed Qi chargers in its tables. McDonalds representative David Ehmann said, “We are happy to provide this innovative technology for our guests with noticeable benefit and free of charge.” 
  • Toronto’s Kanga Café installed Qi wireless charging in its tables, so patrons can enjoy Australian cuisine while charging without an outlet. Also in Toronto, coffee shops across the city have adopted Qi, including Balzacs, Coffee Bar Inc.Sense Appeal and Thor.
  • Technologically-advanced Kitchen 67, based in Michigan, also distinguishes itself with Qi. “Qi brings more business into the restaurant. It’s been a big part of the overall success of Kitchen 67 with the overall technology integration into the entertainment aspect of the guest experience,” said a Kitchen 67 representative.

Hotels

  • Kube Systems recently unveiled a universal charging system featuring Qi, the PowerKube. It later announced a business agreement with Marriott International, Inc., to deliver a premium charging solution that meets the technology needs of guests for its Marriott Hotels brand.

Airports

  • Verizon has deployed 800 Qi-enabled charging spots at major airports around the U.S. (Also see USA Today’s post about the Verizon charging spots)
  • Haier has installed Qi charging locations in the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, with an additional 75 locations planned for deployment in various locations within the next year. 
  • In Japan, DoCoMo has planted countless Qi chargers in airports and train stations throughout the country.

Public Venues

  • Qi has been installed throughout the Clerkenwell design district in London; at France’s Roland Garros stadium (home to the French Open); and is currently being installed in major stadiums and venues in the U.S.

Automotive

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