With Samsung including wireless charging capabilities in the Galaxy S6
and Galaxy S6 edge
, we're likely to see wireless charging accessories move closer to the mainstream. Fonesalesman's charging pads add a little nature-infused style that could be a good fit for Samsung's beautiful phones. Gizmag has been testing a couple of the Qi chargers.
Wireless charging is still a relatively new technology in the portable electronics arena, but it is rapidly gaining steam. As a result, plenty of companies are embracing it and making use of it in creative ways. Once such firm is Qimini, which is launching a wireless charging device called Deuce that also features its own battery packed in its tiny form factor, allowing it to charge devices without wires while on the go.
With no shortage of wireless charging
options for the smartphone, it is getting harder for manufacturers to find a point of difference. Australian company Dog & Bone has unveiled what it says is the world's first shockproof wireless charging case for the iPhone 5. Join Gizmag, as we try the Backbone on for size.
While wireless charging capability is built into some handsets
, iPhone users looking to unplug are faced with the prospect of shelling out for a wireless-ready (and often bulky) case. The iQi Mobile looks to slim down that equation.
Michigan's Fulton Innovation has been perfecting its eCoupled
wireless power transfer technology for over 14 years, and is really pushing the boat out at this year's Consumer Electronics Show
in Las Vegas with a number of new breakthroughs. In addition to demonstrating the first ever example of two-way wireless power transfer, the company is also showing off an interactive printed poster featuring an illustration of a DJ console that can actually be played, and a new Nokia Lumia phone that charges while it's inside a handbag.
New vehicle models have been incorporating smartphones into their design, primarily for powering cloud-based services like navigation and Internet radio. The new Toyota Avalon
offers a different type of smartphone integration: Toyota says its the first car in the world with an in-console Qi
wireless charging unit.
Sitting somewhere between the "solar trees
" erected on parking garages at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) and the nanotrees
developed on the same campus, the electree+ is a sculptural bonsai tree with 27 solar cells for "leaves." The tree's branches can be adjusted to catch the rays just right, and its internal battery will store enough electricity to charge an iPhone5 nine times over, a Galaxy S3 seven times, or an iPad 2 twice.
Google is going straight for Apple's throat. In addition to announcing its first direct iPad competitor, the Nexus 10
, it's also set to release a new high-end smartphone, the Nexus 4. How does Google's (and LG's) latest flagship compare to the iPhone 5
? Let's take a look …
Nokia has added two new cellphones to its Lumia range: the budget-friendly Lumia 820 and flagship Lumia 920 – the latter handset boasting enough new features that, on paper at least, looks like it could be one of the most exciting Windows phones to be unveiled thus far.
Between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the latest-gen cell phone networks, we hardly ever have to plug anything into our mobile devices these days. That is, until the batteries die. Then we’re rooting through a rat’s nest of USB cables and adapters trying to find the right wall wart and a plug that fits the charging port. Clearly wireless charging’s day has arrived, and Texas Instruments has released the industry’s first Qi-certified wireless power development kit. The bqTESLA kit is meant to help design engineers integrate wireless power technology into devices such as smartphones, digital cameras, and MP3 players.