Earlier, the term “Connection” was used to denote a physical connection between objects. But now, with the evolution of technology the meaning of the term is changing. With the increasing use of wireless technology, wifi devices, Bluetooth devices the connection can be something virtual or wireless. An area of technology we saw becoming very popular in 2017 was wireless charging. Yes, there is no need for all those cables and adapters to charge your devices anymore.
All electronic devices have a common requirement, they cannot sustain without charging. Currently, wireless charging is mainly used to recharge smartphones, a market that Samsung and Apple have already begun to explore and consolidate. This is validated by industry data that states that 55% of the wireless charging market share was accounted for by consumer applications.
Wireless phone charging had been a mess because of multiple standards. Nobody would want to set a phone on a charger in an office, coffee shop, hotel or car and find out it’s incompatible. The industry now has mostly settled on one standard called Qi (pronounced “chee”). For example, the day after Apple announced in September that its new iPhones would use Qi, charging station maker Powermat announced that its wireless charging spots at Starbucks coffee shops would add compatibility with Qi.
Samsung supports Qi in its Galaxy S8 and Note 8 phones. Furniture giant Ikea sells lamps with Qi wireless charging stations built in, and outside the house, the standard is in some cars from Ford, Audi, BMW, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Hyundai and Volkswagen.
Wireless charging exists for laptops too – Dell’s Latitude 7285, for example, but that’s a rarity at the moment. It’s harder to supply enough power for a laptop, and the charging stations are more expensive: $200 in Dell’s case.
Wires will still have a place in our lives in 2018. But year by year, wireless technologies will keep making that place smaller. Wireless charging is the future.