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Wireless charging goes mainstream: 9 places you'll find it

15 Dec 2014  | Vivek Nanda

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Wireless charging is among the most eagerly awaited thing to happen to electronic devices. While proprietary implementations have been there for electric toothbrushes, it becomes a lot more exciting when you take it to mobile phones.

Imagine the day when you don't have to worry about lugging around adapters, messing with micro USB or proprietary connectors (yes, Apple!).

The wireless charging market will reach $7.161 billion in 2017, growing at 57.46% annually, according to What supports the growth. Standards, of course. And there are two of them. The Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) Qi standard was developed by the 210 member companies. The Power Matters Alliance (PMA) is another newer industry alliance that has developed an alternative (and not compatible) standard. Products and applications for wireless charging are just showing up in the real world. For instance, 678 products adhere to the Qi standard and PMA's technology has been integrated into the Powermat technology.

Some of the product rollouts really got us going. We've compiled this slide show to share that warm feeling with you.

- Vivek Nanda
(with inputs from Hailey Lynne McKeefry at EBN)

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