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krisi
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krisi   9/25/2013 10:12:10 AM
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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

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Who tipped the scale?
junko.yoshida   9/25/2013 10:12:27 AM
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If true, this is a very interesting development. Do you think that the adoption of Qi by some carmakers tipped the scale?

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Peter Clarke   9/25/2013 11:15:19 AM
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Maybe

Or perhaps it was a mobile phone service operator that said "we are going Qi" and if you want to be in with the in-crowd you better support Qi too.

It is noticable that Qualcomm joining WPC was announced alongside Verizon Wireless joining and the two companies' arrival in the club expanded the board of management from 22 companies to 24.

Perhaps it was a package deal? Maybe Verizon wanted two votes on the board and so dragged their mate into the clubhouse with them?

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junko.yoshida   9/25/2013 1:03:29 PM
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@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!

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wilber_xbox   9/26/2013 9:06:06 AM
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Peter, wireless charging is still not enabled in consumer market. Are there downsides for wireless charging or is it due to the lack of standards?

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rick merritt   9/26/2013 9:36:23 AM
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@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.

See 2013-09-05 Qualcomm Toq Is Engineer-CEO's Tick

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Peter Clarke   9/26/2013 10:04:17 AM
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In my opinion it is a bit of both.

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.

 

 

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daleste   9/26/2013 9:48:02 PM
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Krisi, I don't think you have to worry about contributing to global warming since it is just a myth supported by tained data.

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krisi   9/27/2013 11:01:29 AM
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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

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KRS03   9/29/2013 2:05:37 PM
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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.

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