Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Wireless Charging

The Glowdeck Bluetooth speaker wirelessly charges a smartphone

Smartphone users on the lookout for battery-powered wireless chargers, Bluetooth music players, and funky smart lights that bop to the beat will likely have to settle for a small collection of separates. There are devices that tick a couple of boxes, such as the Black Diamond III or TDK's Wireless Charging Speaker, but good luck finding one unit that does it all. If Justin Kaufman's new crowdfunding endeavor is successful, however, your quest might well be an easier one. The upper surface of his Glowdeck Bluetooth speaker system can charge the battery of any Qi-compatible device placed upon it using its own powerful battery or via a wall outlet, while the lights at the bottom flash to notify users of incoming calls or texts, or sync to the music being thrown out of the front-facing speakers.  Read More

The Buick Riviera concept debuts at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show

The fourth global concept car developed by the Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures, the Buick Riviera emulates the form of moving water. The concept designed for the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that can be recharged wirelessly.  Read More

Qualcomm is carrying out a trial in London of its Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle ...

Doing away with the cord presents obvious advantages when it comes to the challenge of keeping electric vehicles juiced-up and Qualcomm is among those putting wireless charging platforms through real-world tests to prove the technology.  Read More

German transport operator RNV will run a trial of Bombardier's PRIMOVE technology that ena...

Regional German transport operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) is set to carry out a pilot project to test the viability of wireless inductive charging technology of electric buses. The trial will see two electric buses fitted with Canadian transportation manufacturer Bombardier's PRIMOVE inductive charging technology that will enable them to be recharged wirelessly as they let passengers on and off at bus stops along the inner city route 63 in Mannheim, Germany.  Read More

Fulton Innovation is demonstrating new wireless charging and power transfer breakthroughs ...

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.  Read More

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

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