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Consumers Want Wireless Charging of Mobile Devices

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. — Approximately 44% of survey respondents found current mobile charging solutions are an annoyance, according to In-Stat. Additionally, up to 40% are willing to pay $50 more for a wireless charging solution. As a result of this and other factors, In-Stat projects the market for wireless charging systems will reach $4.3 billion in total market revenue by 2014.

While there are significant drivers that will help fuel growth of wireless charging systems, there are also barriers to growth. One of those is the existence of several competing technologies which threatens to fragment the industry and foster incompatibility. Widespread adoption of wireless charging technology will be difficult without standardization since users do not want to carry multiple chargers, wired or wireless, to plug in their phones while traveling.

“Few device vendors have the power to drive their own standards and build their own ecosystem,” says Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Strategist. “Sony, Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung are perhaps the only players with the strength, breadth of product line, and customer loyalty to create an environment capable of supporting a proprietary wireless charging technology.”

The research, Cut the Cord: Mobile Wireless Charging Systems Analysis and Forecast (#IN1004855WH), covers the worldwide market for wireless device charging systems.

3 comments on “Consumers Want Wireless Charging of Mobile Devices

  1. prabhakar_deosthali
    December 30, 2010

    Wireless charging means wireless transmission of power. I am curious to know what technologies are available to transmit power without wire. Eventhough the power required to charge  amobile battery is miniscule, such wirelss power transmission techniques would open up many more application areas. May be someday your mobile swill work without any bateeries by a wireless power connection ! Any comments from experts?

  2. stochastic excursion
    December 30, 2010

    Mobile phones now have pedestal-type chargers that anchor the phone in place with a magnet wirelessly.  The phone charges while in physical contact with the pedestal, but in general, physical contact is not required for power to be transferred.

    Obvious concerns arise with the issue of free-space power transmission because any transmission takes up real estate, which is anything but free.  Aside from this there has been success in directed energy transmission; in fact the research community has been very active in this area.

    One high-profile instance of this was Tesla's work with alternating current when the basis for electric lighting was being laid.  Tesla was successful at precipitating charge from the ionisphere and beaming it to a receiving station.  There are stories of his experiments going badly, and his consignment to a life of obscurity while in the employ of Westinghouse is well-known.

  3. Clairvoyant
    December 30, 2010

    It will be interesting to see what the future holds for wireless power technology. I think because of the lower efficiency with this technology, it will be quite a while before we see any applications other than with mobile devices.

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