AirFuel Alliance Expands with New Members, Devices and Infrastructure Solutions
The AirFuel Alliance is welcoming 10 members including consumer electronics manufacturers Huawei and Bose, and celebrating the launch of several new AirFuel-enabled wireless charging products and solutions. This growth in membership and commercialized products and solutions supports the continuing adoption of a range of wireless charging technologies including inductive, resonant and RF.
AIrFuel members are focused on creating the technical specifications, product certification, and global interoperability needed to grow the wireless charging market and help consumers power up without plugging in. In the past few months, new members include Bose Corporation, GaN Systems, Gengee, Handeholder Products, Inc, Huawei, Metaboards, Ltd., Motorola Solutions, Redpine Signals, Inc., Shenzhen Hongizsheng Technology Co., and Zonecharge Wireless Power Technology Co. All have joined the Alliance and pledged their support for strengthening the open, wireless charging ecosystem. AirFuel members span the globe and represent consumer electronics, semiconductor, design and manufacturing, and automotive industries.
Before and during Mobile World Congress 2017, AirFuel members have announced new products based on AirFuel inductive and resonant specifications, including:
• LG G6 – LG just introduced their G-Series smartphone, the LG G6. Support for AirFuel’s (previously PMA) inductive wireless charging standard will allow consumers who buy the LG G6 to charge their phones wirelessly at home and at public venues like Starbucks.
• Gill Electronics, Kimball Office & OFS Brands – Gill Electronics is powering two infrastructure solutions for the office based on the AirFuel resonant specification. Kimball Office, a designer of office furniture, is using Gill’s resonant transmitter to create a wireless power-charging solution called “Jolt” that seamlessly integrates into various work surfaces. And OFS Brands, a furniture and logistics solutions company, is using Gill’s resonant transmitter to power TesLink, another integrated wireless power solution.
Unlike products currently on the market that have been built around inductive charging technology (which have no spatial freedom) resonant-based solutions deliver spatial freedom and allow for the charging transmitter to be concealed, enabling multiple devices to be charged from one unit, at longer distances from the transmitter. This creates a true “furniture integrated” solution and delivers a better end-user experience and without drilling holes into the table top.
Chargifi Smart IoT Platform – Chargifi has announced an IoT platform that turns wireless power into a service, adding value for manufacturers, managed service providers, venues and users alike. The platform deploys, monitors and monetizes wireless power – it reports vitals and usage metrics on charging hotspots in real-time, and its self-healing technology can fix transmitters remotely. This means problems are resolved automatically before customers or their guests are even aware of them.
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