By Lisa Johnston
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Barcelona, Spain — The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) will be at Mobile World Congress 2014 to demonstrate an extension of its Qi magnetic resonance wireless-charging specification.
The resonance extension of the Qi spec allows wireless charging over a longer distance with more freedom of placement while improving efficiency and reducing lower radio frequency interference, the WPC said, and it is compatible with the more than 400 existing Qi-certified products currently on the market worldwide.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Fremont, Calif. — Dell has joined the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), becoming the first major PC manufacturer to formally support a wireless power standard group.
Coinciding with the addition of Dell’s membership, the A4WP is introducing a secondary, higher-powered initiative focusing on wirelessly charging higher powered electronic products, from 20 to 50 watts, such as Ultrabooks, laptops and mid-powered appliances.
San Diego — Solar charging start-up StrongVolt will bring to market a portable solar-powered device charger that automatically powers off when out of direct sunlight and automatically reconnects to the device it is charging once back in the sun.
The proprietary technology, called SunTrack, eliminates the problem with most solar chargers on the market, manually having to reconnect the charger once it is exposed to shade.
Fremont, Calif. — Two major wireless charging rivals are teaming up to back a single standard for magnetic-resonance-based wireless charging.
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced today an agreement with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to establish global interoperability of their respective wireless power standards.
Additionally, PMA member WiTricity joined the A4WP as a sponsor, becoming the eighth member of the board of directors.
Shenzhen, China — Paick launched a portable battery with a design meant to mimic the smartphone it can charge.
The Sleek 6,000-mAh power bank measures 5.7 inches long by 2.9 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick. Features include an attached MicroUSB/USB cable that can attach to a user’s belt loop or bag; a touch sensor switch for on/off controls; and charge time of eight hours.
The device is currently available in glossy black or white and is priced to hit a $49.99 suggested retail.
Fremont, Calif. — The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) today announced the debut of its Rezence consumer branding program.
The Rezence brand will act as the official name for the organization’s wireless power technology and will be used to support the A4WP product certification program by providing a recognizable icon that member companies can add to Rezence-certified product packaging, technical literature and future software applications.
The official launch of the A4WP product certification program is targeted for the end of this month.
Boston — CE accessory manufacturer BlueFlame continued its expansion this month with the addition of a new line of charging cables.
The tangle-free cables are meant to keep in step with the company’s goal of offering colorful and stylized products; a choice of four colors is offered for the braided cables. Features include “C-thru” connectors, engineered to provide super strain relief at cable stress points.
Houston –– Following a successful pilot in New York City this summer, Goal Zero is taking its Street Charge solar-powered public device-charging stations to cities around the country on a “Solarize America Tour.”
The solar panel and lithium battery-powered Street Charge kiosks allow the public to charge their smartphones using built-in USB ports and charging tips, day or night.
New York — The Bluetooth SIG and Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that aims to embed “smart wireless charging” capabilities into all devices using the Bluetooth Smart radio standard.
As a first step, the Bluetooth SIG has issued a universally unique identifier to the A4WP for adoption in its baseline system spec that utilizes the Bluetooth Smart radio standard to carry the session management and power control between an A4WP charging station and any A4WP-certified device.
Denver - At the core of every custom installation are the power supply and connections that drive the system while protecting its components. There are plenty of power accessories at CEDIA Expo designed to simplify that function.
Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC) is exhibiting a new line of performance-enhancing products for residential and commercial applications, including the IPAC-8, a remote-IP addressable power conditioning and monitoring system.