Wireless charging may well be the most exciting development that has come down the pike in recent memory. The ability to charge a favorite electronic device without pesky cords is a dream come true. Now, real products and applications for wireless charging are showing up in the real world.
This market is exploding. The global wireless charging market is predicted to reach $7.161 billion in 2017, growing from $456.86 million in 2011 at a growth rate of 57.46% annually, according to a report released last month by RnRMarketResearch.com.
At least in part, the development of a wireless charging standard is supporting growth and adoption in the market. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has developed the Qi standard and is also working to drive adoption in the industry. “We are a consortium of 210 companies that compete but still cooperate to create a standard,” John Perzow, vice president of market development for the WPC told EBN in an interview. “The best minds in the industry working together has resulted in a standard that is robust, low cost, and consumer or application centric.”
Meanwhile, the Power Matters Alliance, another newer industry alliance has developed an alternative (and not compatible) standard, which in turn has been integrated into the Powermat technology.
The Qi standard focused on making wireless charging reasonable for high-volume, low-cost consumer applications. The WPC was formed in 2007, with ratification of the initial standard in 2008. Now, 678 products adhere to the standard, with more arriving every day. “There are 15 million users of Qi products with wireless charging with a Qi logo on it since 2007,” said Perzow.
Click on the slideshow below to take a look at where wireless charging capabilities are showing up right now.