Wireless charging is a win for everyone. Device owners don’t have to find lost cables or figure out what to do when they realize they didn’t pack them. Manufacturers cut down on what is largely a lost expense and the material and energy wasted to produce new charging gear for every device sold is eliminated.
Such a sensible idea usually is welcomed by investors and vendors, and the market for wireless charging is expanding. Fortune quotes IHS predictions that the global market overall, which includes cars, health care equipment and other devices as well as smartphones and tablets, will expand from $216 million last year to $8.5 billion in 2018.
The basic science of induction is old, but it has not taken off for a few reasons, such as difficulty in addressing the market and conflicting standards—the old standby problem. But wireless charging is finding its footing.
Just a few examples of how wireless charging is developing:
Clearly, the idea of dragging around a wire and immobilizing a supposedly mobile device for hours while it charges, only to then throw out the wire when a new device is bought, doesn’t make much sense. The good news is that this wasteful and inefficient requirement is fading away.
Carl Weinschenk covers telecom for IT Business Edge. He writes about wireless technology, disaster recovery/business continuity, cellular services, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine communications and other emerging technologies and platforms. He also covers net neutrality and related regulatory issues. Weinschenk has written about the phone companies, cable operators and related companies for decades and is senior editor of Broadband Technology Report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via twitter at @DailyMusicBrk.