Now that Apple embraced wireless charging, we are starting to see more and more of it all around us – wireless charging is everywhere. Journalists are comparing market available wireless chargers and continuously writing articles about how wireless charging changed their lives (it really does, but we’ll talk about it in one of our next blog posts). Online and Brick & Mortar retail stores are pushing wireless chargers – locating them in more prominent areas in stores and offering special deals to promote them. Mobile phone companies are promoting wireless chargers as well, with offers that usually include buying a mobile phone and getting it with a bundled wireless charger.
You can also find wireless charging in electric toothbrushes and in small accessories, such as earbuds and smartwatches. There’s even a laptop that can wirelessly charge, but it’s very expensive and out of reach for most consumers.
We thought you would be interested to get a glimpse into the future! Here are some new and interesting applications we are starting to see wireless charging rise as a developing concept:
Portable speakers are gaining traction, and it’s pretty common seeing them in parks, on the beach, or even while riding a bicycle. It seems natural to place them on a wireless charger when arriving home, preparing them for the next fun time out. Not to mention that they connect wirelessly to our smartphones via Bluetooth, in order to play music. Wireless charging completes the wireless experience, no doubt.
The concept of developing “smart clothes” is now beginning, and like wearables, soon our clothes will be able to measure physical vitals and survive washing machines too. Much more convenient than having to strap a sensor to your arm. And for more convenience, wireless charging these clothes just makes sense.
The drone market is rising, originally developed mostly for army applications. There are 10s of companies all around the globe working to improve the technology and specialize in different possible applications for drones, many of them include autonomous operations whether if it’s for shipping or security. Bottom line relevant to our conversation is that no matter what, they will always need power. Wireless charging fits autonomous drones like a glove, streamlining operations for improved efficiency.
The US Navy is developing an under-water wireless charger for its unmanned undersea submarines. Currently they are having a hard time plugging in, which means only a human being can give them power. Wireless charging under-water will enable additional applications opening an ocean of opportunities and uses cases.
China’s space scientists are exploring ways to wirelessly charge rockets, yes, yes, you are reading correctly. Of course there’s a lot of sense since cables are very heavy and hold a variety of risks. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.
Powermat as the market pioneer and leader is continuing to further develop inductive wireless charging technology, so make sure you follow us on facebook and Twitter, and stay up-to-date with the latest wireless charging news!