According to IHS Research, wireless power market will grow to $8.5 billion in 2018. However, the battle for dominance between 3 incompatible charging technologies is currently an impediment to market acceptance. The three standards include Power Matters Alliance (PMA), which is currently rolling out in Starbucks in San Francisco and Boston in the form of Duracell Powermats, the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which touts the Qi (pronounced “chee”) wireless charging specification. Of the 20 million consumer devices estimated to have shipped in 2013 with wireless charging capabilities, nearly all were built with the Qi specification, according to IHS.
Tylt, a leading manufacturer of mobile accessories, announced the introduction of two Qi compatible wireless charging stations today.
VÜ Wireless Charging Car Mount ($79.99)
Simply place your smartphone on the VÜ Wireless Charging Car Mount to initiate charging – no need to plug in your phone. The three overlaid charging coils ensure your phone will connect and charge regardless of its size or orientation, and its spring loaded arms securely grip phones with up to 5.7″ displays. Mount the device to your dashboard or windshield with the extra strong Micro-Gel suction cup, and position your phone in horizontal or landscape view with the 180-degree rotating mount.
VÜ SOLO ($39.99)
The perfect traveling companion or desktop accessory, the VÜ SOLO makes wireless charging easier than ever with its patent-pending alignment ledge, a physical marker that shows you exactly where to place your device in order to align it with the single Qi coil and initiate charging. Any micro-USB cable will power this charging pad, which provides a 1 Amp charge and 5 watts of power to your device once connected. The SOLO features an anti-slip silicone surface, 5 foot charging cable, built-in ventilation, and a micro-gel suction base.
Wireless charging is particularly useful in cars as the use of GPS often drains mobile batteries. Add NFC tags such as the Samsung TecTiles 2 and you can automate the process of putting your mobile device in driving mode. For example, the NFC tag can program your phone to start a Waze app, put the phone in driving mode, and bring up your favorite playlist with no input other than placing the mobile device on the charging car mount.
Qi compatible mobile phones include Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Google Nexus 4,5,6, Lumia 928, 929, 930, 1020, 1520, among others.
The VÜ Wireless Charging Car Mount and VÜ SOLO will begin shipping by the end of the year.