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ConvenientPower and mobile chip giant Qualcomm are collaborating to make wireless charging a commercial reality for smartphones.

ConvenientPower wireless charging

Above: ConvenientPower wireless charging

Image Credit: ConvenientPower

ConvenientPower has created a way to charge smartphones without plugging them into a charging source. You simply put a smartphone on top of a charging pad, which is connected to an electrical outlet. The pad charges the smartphone, even if they are not physically touching. In fact, the charging pad can be as much as 30 millimeters away from the surface of a smartphone.

But while the technology promises to make wireless charging more convenient, it needs to have a standardized ecosystem. Qualcomm has created its WiPower standards with the hope of bringing tech from a lot of different vendors together in order to make life simpler for consumers. ConvenientPower says it will have the first in-car wireless charging devices, as you can see in the picture below.

ConvenientPower is working closely with Qualcomm Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, to accelerate the development of “reference designs,” that is, designs that serve as a starting template for many different product manufacturers. Both companies want to enable cross-ecosystem design and development capabilities within Qualcomm’s WiPower resonant ecosystem.

“ConvenientPower is delighted to work with Qualcomm Technologies in the development of next-generation WiPower products,” said Camille Tang, president and cofounder of ConvenientPower in San Francisco, in a statement. “2015 will be an inflection point for wireless power growth. Being able to rapidly scale product choice and volume, as well as differentiate an amazing user experience at the right price points, will underpin the ecosystem expansion.”

ConvenientPower has numerous patents and products for wireless charging already.

WiPower uses “near field magnetic resonance,” which delivers the benefits of resonant wireless charging such as the ability to charge different types of devices across power classes, simultaneously. It can also charge a device at varying distances and angles. It eliminates the need for multiple chargers and extra wires. It also allows the design of a smartphone to be more waterproof, since the device may no longer need a universal serial bus (USB 2.0).

“Consumers have long dreamt of being able to power up their devices without plugging in but have remained tethered to the wall when charging,” said Steve Pazol, general manager of wireless charging at Qualcomm, in a statement. “Working with ConvenientPower will make wireless charging solutions a reality, offering consumers a range of products based on the Rezence standard from the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) that will give them the freedom to power multiple devices without cables within a single charge area.”

ConvenientPower is making an in-car wireless charger.

Above: ConvenientPower is making an in-car wireless charger.

Image Credit: ConvenientPower



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