Wireless is a word we all love – who wants to be tethered by a wire, much less anything else. Wi-Fi is like the greatest thing since sliced bread and wireless charging is like spreading peanut butter and jelly on that slice. Batteries are getting bigger in the larger smartphones, but with the many demands we put on our devices – watching videos, movies, listening to music, playing games, emailing, texting, and occasionally making an actual phone call – it seems that battery is never big enough and needs constant charging.
Without wireless charging, we are forced to be near a wall outlet if we are using our device at home or in the office, or if we travel a lot or are away from an outlet, we must carry a spare battery at all times. With conventional wireless charging we still must be near a charging pad to lay the device on to pick up or take advantage of the charge, but Samsung hopes to soon change all of that.
Earlier this year, wireless charging got a big boost when LG, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei all joined the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), whose goal it is to bring about a standardization of wireless charging and to promote its use throughout the smartphone industry – which has been slow for various reasons. For this technology to really get a boost, businesses, such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and airports, etc., would have to adopt these charging pads in their establishments – then customers may start demanding wireless charging devices. It would also help if Apple would join in on the crusade, but that is not likely to happen.
Word today is that Samsung is working to include on their smartphones, a magnetic resonance wireless charging technology by mid-2014. According to the Korea media, Samsung is working with a company in New Zealand, “Power by Proxy” to develop this functionality – a company that Samsung recently invested $4 million. Magnetic resonance charging would allow our smartphones to be charged without having to even lay them on a charging pad – you could, instead, be able to charge “through the air,” so to speak. You would even be able to charge through solid, non-metal, objects such as a wall or floor in your house.
In theory, your phone could be charging while on a phone call or while watching a video or movie, as long as you were within range of the transmitter. No details were given as to what distance you would need to be to the transmitter, but it is an exciting technology, and would allow a Starbucks, for instance, from having to buy 20 charging pads, one for each table, they could simply mount one transmitter in the room where all patrons could take advantage of the charger.
What are your thoughts on wireless charging – would you rather have a charging pad or more electric “signals,” bombarding you as your phone is charging. Let us know in the comments or on Google+.