You would be forgiven for thinking that wireless charging is a new concept, with the clamour for smartphone manufacturers to develop their wireless charging tech. But that’s not the case at all. As far back as the days of Nikola Tesla, the idea of charging electronic devices remotely has been on the mind of innovators. The Wardenclyffe Tower(or Tesla Tower) could be charged from around 2km away. Through the decades, we have seen wirelessly charged toothbrushes mobile phones and more.
But that’s the past. What about the future of wireless charging? What does that hold? We’d all love to live in a world without wires. We’ve forever tripping up over the things and constantly searching for a charger when we need power. Add to that the brittle nature of wires and the money we spend on replacing them every year and you can see why we want change.
Where Are We Now?
Presently, we look for the nearest charging outlet, sitting on the outer rim of a café so we can breathe easy, safe in the knowledge that we can charge up whenever we need. We don’t always feel relaxed unless we know where the next opportunity to charge might come from.
The world is getting a little less wired every day. Slowly but surely, the dream of a wireless future is coming into view. Some basic wireless options are out there, including mats and plates, which were the first iteration of wireless charging technology. But the future is much more wide-ranging than this. Let’s take a look at where we can go.
Mats And Plates
Charging tech known as Qi look like they will be the future for home and workplace wireless charging. They are robust and can provide charging facilities multiple times per day – perfect for smartphones and laptops. The mat or plate itself is plugged in, but by simply placing your device on it, the device will begin charging instantly. This is great for the home and office, as said before, because it allows you to come and go without the need to think twice about charging and recharging. Simply place the device on the desk where the mat is and you’re constantly topped up in terms of charge.
One of the most important futures for wireless technology comes in the form of the automobile. With a large, powerful battery that is recharged in motion, the car is a great place to deliver that all-important wireless charging that we are all looking for in our lives.
This industry has had its troubles with mobile phones since they were invented, with laws in place in all countries across the world prohibiting the use of a phone while driving. Looking for a way of ensuring drivers are not constantly looking at their phone has been at the forefront of their thinking for some time.
Wireless charging is fast becoming the norm for automobile manufacturers such as –
- Mercedes Benz
- And more
And these use the same Qi technology to deliver wireless charging in their newer models. Now this tech isn’t without potential flaws. Finding enough space in the center console of a car is tricky at the best of times, so finding the space for a mat as large as the largest smartphones might cause a rethink in interior design. But the tech is there – as is the will to make this work.
Out & About
The world is filled with places where you stop for a while before moving on. And these would make ideal charging points if the kit was available. Airports, some stores, cafes and places of study have started to look at how they can provide wireless charging solutions for their people.
Starbucks is a prime example of a company that is looking to wireless charging as part of their plans for the future. After all, it stands to reason that people will go there over other options if they can seamlessly and easily charge their devices while grabbing a cup of their favorite coffee. Their plates use the same design and are situated on the tabletops of their seating areas, allowing people to top up their charge at the same time as their caffeine consumption.
The world of wireless charging has sparked interest in tech companies across the world. As an example, it has been recently found improvements involving intervening with the electronic waves. These waves used to charge devices at a distance determine the amount of energy available. Changing them can significantly improve the energy delivered remotely. This is seen as one of the most pressing issues for the nascent tech. The future for wireless charging kind of relies on solving this problem.
Innovation always has people who rise against it. But the vast majority will embrace wireless solutions as part of their lifestyle. Wireless charging has the feel of a pipedream about it, with some likening it to perpetual motion as a concept. But the evidence is there in the early stages that we will see a future of wireless charging as standard. People demand it. And when there is that demand, and the accompanied ability to make stacks of money, the solution is never far behind. Watch this space!Of course, all of this is designed to make life as easy as possible. You don’t have to wait for years or even decades into the future to experience wireless charging. It is here today. The Wireless Power Consortium was created to prepare industrial development strategies and to provide a forum where people could respond to international standardization. We are here to bring the future to you today.