No more power cable in 2016. Wireless power technology company WiTricity promises wireless charging for laptops in 2016.
Wireless data connectivity has been around for years. Wireless power transmission has just begun to find its ways into smartphones. Samsung's Galaxy S6 still requires contact to charge. WiTricity promises laptops that charge wirelessly over up to 1 meter distance.
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“It’s really charging that Intel notebook as if you’d plugged it in,” says WiTricity Chief Executive Alex Gruzen according to the WSJ.
The WiTricity wireless power technology is based on magnetic Resonance. WiTricity has been working for 8 years on wireless power transmission based on magnetic resonance.
In 2014, the company struck a deal with Intel to integrate their wireless power charging technology into the Intel laptop platform. The focus of the development of a completely wireless laptop is on WiTricity's Rezence specification. The Rezence specification was developed by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). Rezence will enable wireless charging solutions that can interoperate with other Rezence-enabled devices.
Power cables are the remaining wires that hold laptops and tablets back from becoming truly portable. Samsung is making fun of the iPhone 6S for still requiring a cable for charging. Samsung is absolutely right to put their finger in this gaping wound. This will help to push Apple to integrate wireless charging into the iPhone 7.
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Ideally Apple is leaping Samsung and adopts a wireless charging technology that works over a distance like WiTricity. There are other companies and research institutions that work on wireless power transfer over a distance. In summer we reported about a Korean research project that looks promising.