The usual way to charge your smartphone or tablet is to connect it to your charger. This is about to change as wireless charging technology is slowly being adapted by some of the big players in the industry. With wireless charging you won’t need to connect your device to any power cord as you only have to place it on top of a charging mat. Qualcomm wants to change this concept by totally eliminating the charging mat in the next generation of wireless charging technology.
Qualcomm has recently shipped out test kits to its partners in the Alliance for Wireless Power so that developers may evaluate the potential use of this in their products. The test kit called WiPower Evaluation Kit allows a device to be charged even when it’s less than an inch away from a wireless power source. While this may seem like an insignificant distance it shows its true potential when you want to hide the power source away from sight behind a wall or inside your drawer while your device can be placed nearby to charge itself.
Geoff Gordon, senior manager of product marketing at Qualcomm, said that “The ability to charge through surfaces is a key to wireless power becoming ubiquitous and universally available, and the spatial freedom demonstrated by WiPower and the A4WP is a sure way to get there. Other wireless power technologies require direct contact between the charging surface and the device being charged. This would mean retail establishments wanting to add wireless power need to either install new furniture with the technology pre-installed, or physically alter existing furniture, which can be both costly and messy. WiPower, which can charge through most surfaces up to about 45 millimeters, offers retailers a cleaner, more efficient way to adopt wireless charging.
For wireless power to truly take off, a simple and easy technology is needed at its core. Qualcomm believes WiPower is the answer.”
Some of the key benefits in using WiPower are
- Doesn’t require a device to be precisely aligned with a wireless charger
- Can charge multiple devices at the same time
- Can charge devices without any physical contact
- Can charge different devices at the same time that have different power requirements
- Charging process isn’t affected by metallic objects
- Reduces clutter
- Can be used on other low power devices aside from smartphones and tablets