Hands on with the latest wireless charging technologies from the Alliance For Wireless Power [Video]

A couple of days ago we reported on new wireless technologies from the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP). Wireless charging isn’t anything new, but one thing we can all agree on is that it hasn’t been widely adopted. Actually there is second thing we can agree on and that’s that we really want it. The problem is there really hasn’t been a standard and current pads are too clunky.

The Alliance For Wireless Power consists of key members from the tech community including Qualcomm, Samsung, Powermat, Texas Instruments, and others. Their goal is to bring a format along with marketing that will hopefully push wireless charging to the next level and then some. I had a chance to sit down with key members from the alliance as well as some of the top writers in the tech community to get a demo utilizing a newer technology that utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 LE. They chose it because Bluetooth is already widely adopted so it’s a natural fit.

They showed us current technologies along with pads embedded in tables. The newer Bluetooth technology was shown in a car console environment. I am not too familiar with current technologies, but I did find it interesting that you can literally charge devices even if they are lifted a little above the mat or on top of a book. It works the same for the newer Bluetooth standard.

Now I mentioned Samsung was part of this group so I think you can read between the lines folks. What has hampered wireless charging is not only a standard, but also a big gun. Samsung is certainly a major player for mobile and if they adopt this newer technology, I think we could finally see some major progress. Nothing was said on or off the record, but I have a good feeling we could see this technology adopted in the Galaxy S IV or at least the Galaxy Note III. Right now they don’t even have a marketing name for this technology. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Megabliss

    So what happened to that old proposed standard Qi? Is that still a thing? Is this its evolution?

    • pHyR3

      hope so, my n4 has it and so does the s3. Was looking at getting a nice qi charger once the prices drop and there are more options.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753429298 Brian M. Foley

    I don’t care what the standard will become, just get it here sooner, rather than later. I REALLY like the car charging part. I guess my only concern is what does this type of charging “give off”? Radiation? Radio waves? Cancer? Hopefully the answer to all of these is “nothing”. But, really, just get the technology in my hands AND car so I can use it!! This is AMAZING!

  • http://twitter.com/Gecchikun Gregor Svensson

    I whant samsung S 4 too have it or note 3 :D

  • joe

    can it charge via nfc receiver?