As the market for connected wearable devices set to grow sharply, Broadcom isn’t sitting on the sidelines. The company’s latest chip includes a processor, Bluetooth Smart and wireless charging support, making it an all-in-one choice for makers of smartwatches and other devices.
Wirelessly charging an iPhone usually means you need some bulky case accessory. The iQi adds it without the bulk and lets you choose your own case or cover. How does it work? Quite well as you can see in this video demonstration.
Wireless charging add-ons tend to bring added bulk to an otherwise thin iPhone. That’s what makes iQi so interesting; it’s only 0.5 millimeters thick save for the lightning port. A review unit is on the way for testing.
There’s currently a trio of main wireless charging groups, each with its own standardized solution, and now Qualcomm is a member of all three. Here’s why this gives hope for a single standard.
Are we finally inching closer to a wireless charging standard? Perhaps, now that Samsung has invested in PowerbyProxi. The company is working on support for spatial freedom and multiple device support in the Qi standard, something already offered by the A4WP group.
Wireless device charging doesn’t necessarily mean a charging pad on your desk or nightstand. Mugen’s new N11 battery pack is portable and can wirelessly charge a phone or tablet anywhere thanks to the included Qi support.
General Motors expects to offer wireless smartphone charging mats in some new 2014 vehicles. Before you step on the gas pedal with excitement, know that GM chose Powermat’s technology over the Qi standard, which more phones natively support.
Verizon’s sign-up page for the LG G2 claims the phone will feature exclusive wireless charging capabilities and shows a slightly different design on the back of the phone.
Why add wireless charging to a single phone when you can add it to bag that charges multiple devices? That’s the concept behind Hustle, a Qi-compatible bag with large integrated battery and USB port to charge your phone or tablet.
The promise of wireless charging for the Galaxy S 4 is now met. For $40 you can get a compatible back plate while $50 adds a wireless charging pad. Both are Qi compatible, which may be the best news of all.