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Wireless Charging

The wireless charger makes it easy to charge and go

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.  Read More

Starbucks is to trial wireless charging maps at 17 stores in and around Boston during the ...

Coffee-drinking Bostonians may be in for a pleasant surprise the next time they pop into a Starbucks. Boston.com reports that the cafe chain is to install Duracell Powermats at 17 coffee shops for a limited trial in and around the city which will some visitors to charge their mobile devices without need of a power cable.  Read More

A prototype of the remote magnetic gears system

Wireless charging systems seem like an easy way to keep electric cars running. You just drive up to a charge point and let the system beam power to your battery without ever having to step out into the cold and rain. However, these systems require high-frequency electromagnetic fields that can interfere with electronics and pose potential health hazards. To keep the hands-free advantages of wireless, yet get rid of the high-frequency fields, physics professor Lorne Whitehead and his team at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed an electromechanical vehicle charger that uses “remote magnetic gears”s instead of electrical coils  Read More

TDK's Wireless Charging Speaker streams music and audio through Bluetooth, while powering ...

TDK showed off several wireless speakers at IFA 2012 last week, but it looks like the company wasn't done with new products in its "Life on Record" line just yet. The company recently unveiled a new Wireless Charging Speaker that could simplify the process of streaming audio through your phone. Aside from playing high quality sound through Bluetooth, the speaker can simultaneously charge any mobile device resting on top of it through an induction charge pad.  Read More

The Lumia 920 looks to be a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Lumia 900

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.  Read More

Intel has partnered with Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) to develop a chipset tha...

Wireless charging technology is quickly gaining attention from many mobile device manufacturers, and with good reason. Eliminating the need for a charging cable would offer a huge convenience across the board, and some of the products on the market like LG’s WPD-800 and the Powermat have already drawn quite a bit of attention. Now Intel has stepped up to announce plans for a new technology that will not only allow one mobile device to be charged by another with a built-in charger (such as a laptop), but also won't require the two devices even be touching to do so. Along with Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), Intel hopes to develop a chipset by early 2013 that will charge a smartphone through a laptop that sits a short distance away.  Read More

The flight time of the Stalker UAS has been improved by 2,400 percent using a wireless las...

Late last year, DARPA researchers upped the standard two-hour endurance of Lockheed Martin’s Stalker small unmanned aerial system (UAS) by a factor of four using a propane-fueled compact solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Now the flight time of the aircraft has been improved by a whopping 2,400 percent, with a test flight lasting more than 48 hours using a laser power system to wirelessly transfer power to the UAS from the ground.  Read More

NIMBUS Lab's quadrotor uses strongly-coupled magnetic resonance to charge devices remotely

Not only are quadrotors fun, they're useful for applications like surveillance and are even showing promise in building construction. Here's a practical use we hadn't thought of though - remote wireless charging. The folks from NIMBUS lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are developing a quadrotor equipped with a system that uses strongly-coupled magnetic resonances to transmit power from its batteries to the receiving device without ever needing to make physical contact. The roboticists see this as a solution for powering devices that are otherwise inaccessible to conventional electrical sources.  Read More

Chrysler's Mopar Division has revealed an in-vehicle wireless charging system for mobile d...

We've eagerly followed the evolution of the wireless charging technology for mobile devices here at Gizmag, from its very early incarnations right through to the very latest developments. Even though you can't really argue with the potential usefulness of such solutions, they've almost universally been restricted to home or office use and not where most of our device batteries actually let us down - out on the road. Chrysler's Mopar Division has developed a wireless charging system that sits in the central console of a car, which juices up the battery of any mobile device placed on the mat. The technology is to make its debut in the forthcoming 2013 Dodge Dart.  Read More

LG's new WPD-800 wireless charger positions the recharging device upright

Wireless charging of mobile devices is all the rage if the number of wireless chargers hitting the market is anything to go by. Until now, most of the units on offer follow the flat slab design ushered in by the Powermat and WildCharge that sees recharging devices laid down flat on the charger. LG followed that form factor with its WCP-700 Wireless Charging Pad but has come up with something slightly different for its successor, the WCD-800. The new unit is designed to hold the mobile device upright so you can watch a video or make a video call while the charger goes about its business.  Read More

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