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Wireless Charging Technology Still in Knots?

By CIOReview | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FREMONT, CA: Wireless charging is not a new invention; Smartphones like Google’s Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Motorola Droid Maxx have already glared in the tech market with their wireless chargers. Smartphones have really become smart with charging covers and wireless charging kit like the one in iPhone, called as iQi, reports The New York Times.

 But why this new technology is not creeping into other areas of electronics? Tech world is very complex and thus constitutes conflicting standards. Most of the electronic gadgets let it be tablets, laptops or wearables don’t want to get clinched to a particular charging tech.

Today, Wireless technology like Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) has given a new turn in the electronics industry by escaping from the tangles of wires. No matter where you have placed the device, with A4WP’s newer resonance charging, multiple devices can be charged on a single pad.

Humavox, an Israeli based start-up has already announced its new hardware platform that uses radio frequency to transmit power wirelessly to mobile devices. The technology revolves around ‘NEST’ station, a prototype which contains RF resonator that charges the devices put in it.

In an interview to Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld, Omri Lachman, founder and CEO of Humavox said "Our key guideline was to create an effortless and seamless experience for users and manufacturers. We wanted to make charging as simple as dropping a product in a box."

UBeam, a startup has eyed on the very concept of wireless charging technology.  In 2011 the company conducted a demo on this technology that has attracted investors like Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowit. The company has displayed how their wireless charging tech works with a main charger which is mounted to the ceiling and an adaptor. The adaptor get signals from the main charger and triggers something called piezoelectric material (a substance that generates a voltage when squeezed or bent) to generate charge.