THE WIRELESS POWER industry is closer to powering mobile gadgets wirelessly.
Members like Duracell, Samsung and Texas Instruments are all hoping to benefit from this technology. Since banding together some seven months ago they’re now at the late stages of testing and heading towards version 1.0 of the standard.
The consortium’s initial aim for delivering power wirelessly is rather small at only five watts. This is enough to run a mobile phone or an MP3 player, but the group hopes to support higher power in time.
The specification’s logo "Qi" is the Chinese word ‘Chi’ meaning "vital energy". The logo will appear on products that are capable of being powered wirelessly.