Merger is a good guess Peter...another option is that they are heding their bets...I still don't belive that people think it will be a huge market, I like my outlet just fine, no plans to charge wirelessly and contribute to global warming
@Peter, it totally makes sense. In fact, auto companies these days are much more concerned what technologies mobile handsets are going to use. Whether it is BT low energy or 802.11ac, if mobile handsets or tablets are going to use those technologies, it looks like automakers are following suits. It's a very interesting dynamic that we are seeing these days!
@Wilber: Note Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch, albeit more of a prototype than a real product, includes a nice implementation of wireless charging using the WiPower LE tech Qcomm had been pioneering with the watch case doubling as the charging pad.
With 8 million units in the field WPC would say wireless charging has arrived.
But I agree that we don't see charging platters, dishs or mats being sold.
And then there is my other bug bear, that wireless charging is wastes energy compared with wired charging. There are arguments about if you have 10 wall warts and leave them plugged in and switched on all the time.....then you consume more power compared with a single wireless charging plate, but these arguments are somewhat spurious in my opinion.
Just switch chargers off when they are not in use.
Thank you @daleste
I live in Canada so I don't need to worry much about global warming as our country will actually benefit from warmer climate ;-)
I could use more sun in my rainy Vancouver (we got historical record of 44 sunny days this summer)
But seriously, wireless charging is bound to be leading to energy loss (translating into heat). Is there any reliable data on wireless charging efficiency? Kris
I agree with your line of thought. I too am in this area. The data for G.W. is even more powerful than before. Global air temperatures may have temporarily leveled, but ocean temperatures have not. I see this as an even bigger threat. I somehow feel lucky that I have no kids to give the beach house to.