Wireless Charging Era Gains Momentum

The travel and hospitality industries are at the tipping point of a new wireless charging era, according to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the organization supporting Qi (pronounced “chee”) wireless charging standard. 

The WPC says it offers a more convenient way for consumers to charge their phones at locations where it is needed most: at home, in the car, in offices, but also in hotels and restaurants. Many industry-leading consumer companies, including Verizon, Philips, Sony, Microsoft and Samsung, are members of WPC and champion the Qi standard. The WPC is enabling applications that range from charging mobile devices (wearables, phones and notebook computers) to powering kitchen appliances.

 Here is how the wireless charging phenomenon is currently gaining momentum, with an obvious nod from the hospitality industry:
·         With more than 82 Qi-compatible mobile phones and more than 500 different Qi products, the deployed base and industry commitment to the Qi standard has expanded to 50 million devices.
·         Recently, Marriott installed Qi-compatible charging stations in its newly redesigned great room lobbies, signaling adoption by the hospitality industry. 

·         McDonald’s recently added 600 wireless charging hotspots at more than 50 McDonald’s restaurants in London and elsewhere.
·         IKEA revealed a new collection of home furnishings (tables, desks, lamps and other mobile accessories) that are built based on the Qi standard.
·         The Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge features the world’s first, universally compatible embedded wireless charging technology.

·         The convenience of wireless charging is now available to Emirates customers in Dubai.
These adoption topics and more will be discussed at The Wireless Power Tradeshow and Seminar, held at the Haworth Inn & Conference Center in Holland, Michigan September 16 and 17.
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