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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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CES 2014: WiTricity Announces New Wireless Charging System Design for iPhone 5/5s




Wireless power firm WiTricity today announced the release of a reference design for its new wireless charging system aimed at the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Moving beyond existing induction power transfer technologies such as Powermat that require direct contact with a charging pad, WiTricity's system supports power transfer over short distances using magnetic resonance, allowing charging pads to be kept out of sight such as mounted on the bottom surface of a desk.

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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.
We first explored Apple's connection to WiTricity in July 2011 after it was reported that Apple was working on a "new way of charging" the iPhone, and while that way turned out to simply be the Lightning connector introduced in the iPhone 5, Apple does clearly have an interest in wireless charging and WiTricity's technology in particular.

Patent applications from Apple have outlined how the company could use something in line with WiTricity's technology to allow a computer such as an iMac to serve as a wireless charging hub, with accessories and other devices such as keyboard, mice, and iOS devices able to be charged simply by being in close proximity to the iMac. Shortly after the publication of a key Apple patent application on the concept, WiTricity even demoed how such a system would work.

WiTricity's system announced today is a reference design not meant for direct sale to consumers, but it will allow the company to partner with a variety of other firms such as device manufacturers, accessory companies, and furniture makers to explore implementation of the technology.

Article Link: CES 2014: WiTricity Announces New Wireless Charging System Design for iPhone 5/5s
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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This is awesome, now just time for apple to integrate it as an official feature and fix that ugly design.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:47 AM   #3
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Let's just wait for Apple to implement this so people without the ugly case can also use it
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:50 AM   #4
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If it doesn't need a case, that's great. But honestly, what is so hard about plugging in your phone. If it has to be within a certain proximity to the base, you might as well plug it in. I can't imagine this charges faster and would probably charge slower than a typical wired connection.

For something like an iWatch it makes sense, but for a phone not as much.

In 3 years if I can have an Apple designed charging station/caddy for my kitchen that charges phones, iPads, iPods, and they all just have to sit on the counter within 5 feet, that would be welcome. But this stuff is just baby steps novelty.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:54 AM   #6
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I don't really see the point of these, they're slower, less efficient and you can't hold the phone when it's charging - you may as well just plug it in.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:55 AM   #7
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Nice idea, but boy is that stand ugly.

Wireless charging will be the big selling point of the iPhone 7 in 2016. And the stand/rest pad thing will be simple and unobtrusive, the exact opposite of this monstrosity!
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:57 AM   #8
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oh...my nexus 4 did that without a case :P

seriously...no one wants to put a case on their phone to achieve wireless charging.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 09:59 AM   #9
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oh...my nexus 4 did that without a case :P

seriously...no one wants to put a case on their phone to achieve wireless charging.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:02 AM   #10
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Just another Android ripoff. At least the Android wireless chargers don't look lame like this one.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:09 AM   #11
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Pogo pins would have been fine

I want the combo of this powerful threesome: original Nexus 7, Apple's magsafe and the iPhone dock. It need only have the slightest magnetic or spring-loaded contact to make the circuit.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:14 AM   #12
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Just another Android ripoff. At least the Android wireless chargers don't look lame like this one.
Because wireless chargers are an "Android" invention.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:15 AM   #13
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Doesn't it defeat the convenience of wireless charging if you first have to plug it into a special case... AND THEN put it onto the charging pad...

Utterly stupid - and no, don't say "you can just leave the case on" - it looks ugly as sin and adds bulk
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:17 AM   #14
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If it doesn't need a case, that's great. But honestly, what is so hard about plugging in your phone. If it has to be within a certain proximity to the base, you might as well plug it in. I can't imagine this charges faster and would probably charge slower than a typical wired connection.

For something like an iWatch it makes sense, but for a phone not as much.

In 3 years if I can have an Apple designed charging station/caddy for my kitchen that charges phones, iPads, iPods, and they all just have to sit on the counter within 5 feet, that would be welcome. But this stuff is just baby steps novelty.
What was so hard about plugging in a LAN cable into your laptop at home?

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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:24 AM   #15
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i'm not so interested in charging my phone, but my keyboard, mouse and trackpad and a headset, makes this very interesting....
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:24 AM   #16
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Don't you still need to plug the charging base in?
I'll just plug in my phone (I just won't look as cool)
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:26 AM   #17
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But that hub will always need to plugin constantly. It wont be as simple as plug in the cord to the wall when I NEED to charge the phone.
This technology is still a novelty imo.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:28 AM   #18
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Just another Android ripoff. At least the Android wireless chargers don't look lame like this one.
Guess what, Electric toothbrushes have been using inductive charging for YEARS. Can't exactly let a battery inside a toothbrush get wet, so it makes sense for them. Inductive charging was not an Android invention. Jesus, even the Palm Pre had it before Android was even a blip on the radar.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:28 AM   #19
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Totally worthless...

A standard dock/cable will charge your device faster. Another gimmick to milk the "it's new so it must be better" market.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:29 AM   #20
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Well, if it needs a case is because the phones doesn't have support for it.
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What was so hard about plugging in a LAN cable into your laptop at home?

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No, completely different. Wifi allowed you to be free from the cable. Meaning you could roam and walk around your house while having a connection.

This still needs to be on a charging pad. You're not exactly free from the chord, the chord just isn't attached directly to the phone and is instead attached 5 inches away from it.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:30 AM   #22
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Not Qi compatible? And not really offering protection? No go.

Apple seriously should consider adding Qi support. It's so convenient. I love it on my non-iOS devices (e.g., the Nexus 7.2013). A durable Otterbox case, with Qi support for the 5 / 5s would, on the other hand, be GREAT and I definitely would purchase it.
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What was so hard about plugging in a LAN cable into your laptop at home?

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Nothing unless I want to use my laptop at the breakfast table, on the couch, in bed, etc.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:33 AM   #24
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Oh cool, can't wait to use this easel and gigantic case combo because it's so much more convenient than plugging in a cable.
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 10:33 AM   #25
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Ignore the case - its there to demo the concept using existing devices. This is not a product being sold to manufactures its a demo of how it works.

This is the sort of wireless that people want IMO i.e. invisible. Charger station built into screen and then all the devices on the table just naturally charge.
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