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.
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.
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:
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.
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...
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