WiTricity Announces Wireless Charging System for iPhone 5/5s

WiTricity Announces Wireless Charging System for iPhone 5/5s

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WiTricity today announced a new wireless charging system initially designed for the iPhone 5/5s. WiTricity using magnetic resonance to charge compatible electronic devices. Therefore, you can install a pad underneath tables, countertops and desks, while the device still charges.

A quantum leap forward in convenience and ease of use for wireless charging of consumer electronics, the WiTricity system charges gadgets over distance and through a variety of materials – including wood, granite, plastic and glass. Initially designed for the iPhone 5/5s, the WiTricity charging system is available as a reference design for companies who want to apply the technology for charging other smartphones, tablets, or consumer electronic devices.

The WiTricity charging system for the iPhone 5/5s includes a wireless charging hub and a charging sleeve that fits an iPhone 5 or 5s. Similar to other protective covers, the WiTricity sleeve quickly slides onto an iPhone 5/5s and is powered when in proximity to the WiTricity charging hub. Capable of charging two phones concurrently, the charging hub can be placed on top of a table as an upright or flat charging pad, or mounted underneath a table or desk for charging through the surface. By mounting the charging pad under a surface, smartphone users are freed from the tangle of charging cords and cluttered desktops.

Traditional inductive charging pads have seen limited acceptance because they require very accurate placement of the mobile phone on the charging pad, while taking up valuable tabletop real estate. In contrast, the WiTricity system provides:

●Positional Freedom: Simply place an iPhone 5/5s in its charging sleeve in proximity to the charging hub and the phone charges as quickly as plugging in. Unlike induction pads, there’s no need to position the iPhone exactly in a specific location on the charging hub.

●Multiple Device Charging: Using a single coil, the WiTricity system allows multiple devices to be charged simultaneously and effectively. With induction-based systems, multiple device charging on a single pad requires multiple coils, driving up the cost of the charging system.

●Installation Flexibility: Unlike induction mats or other chargers that require physical contact and placement on top of a table or other surface – or major modifications to the table or counter – the WiTricity charging hub can simply be affixed under a table while providing power to the phone through the tabletop. Any table, desk, or counter can be turned into a wireless charging “hotspot” without unsightly clutter or requiring drilling or cutting into the underside or through the surface.

“Our team is thrilled to introduce the first wireless charger that works over distance,” said Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity. “We’ve seen the transformative nature of our foundational highly resonant wireless power transfer technology in the automotive, medical and military fields, and now plan to change the game in consumer electronics. This is an incredibly exciting time for resonant wireless power, and we’re excited to be leading the charge to a wireless future."

WiTricity is not selling directly to consumers, it is merely a proof of concept. It does hope to show off its design to manufacturers to explore with the technology.

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Jeff Herd - January 27, 2014 at 6:25am
I have seen and use it before, this charger is hit up quickly and bulk weight, Try this new one for your all qi-enabled phones www.amazon.com/dp/B00I03LLUM
gwyneth - January 9, 2014 at 3:57pm
Nice CONCEPT. They should try selling direct to customers. Maybe through a site like Kickstarter. That is the only way to put their PRODUCT out there for customers to use and for them to get input on how to better their product. Until then... CONCEPT only like a flying car. Not much use for anything or anyone except for bragging rights for them. That is if it even works. WiHO KNOWS with no real consumer having tried it out and no intention on their end to sell it to direct consumers...
HiteshvK - January 8, 2014 at 4:26am
The charging pad is still bit bulky. But i like the ease of positioning the mobile phone. Hitesh K www.wirelessoutlook.com
Za - January 8, 2014 at 1:02am
Witricity link loads, then crashes on my iPhone 5. Never had that happen before. Hmmm. Wonder what that says about Witricity?
Yukkio - January 7, 2014 at 5:22pm
Until I see it as easy and portable as it is to connect and use wifi, I'll buy
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