Congrats on a well-researched and well-written overview article. A growing number of articles have tried to accomplish an overview of the wireless power standards development, and I find this to be the most accurate. This is speaking from 4+ years of experience as an antenna developer for wireless power devices.
To me, wireless charging provides the conveience with the price of low energy efficiency. The development is primarily focused on efficiency improvement. It is way better than the first generation inductive charging; yet, it can't be as good as direct contact simply by Law of Physics. Anyone can provide some measurement data of efficiency vs different method will help the community to understand. :)
The last point from Lachman I think nicely summarizes things. There is no one single magnetic standard and there will need to be more than one power source as well. A receiving system that can easily be integrated into a device based on that device's shape and size is also very important.
I think much of the "push" for wireless charging has to do with limited access to charging throughout the day and the constraints that are placed on mobility by the current system. It's troubling to see how as devices become more and more complex they continue to offer little in terms of power-saving and endurance. Performance is one thing, but devices need to be operational in order to accomplish what they are intended to accomplish. That isn't being done right now and so the demand for wireless charging is on the rise.
I can see that wireless charging is convienent since all you have to do is place your device on a mat and it will get chaged. Has there been any information about the efficiency of this system? I expect that it is very poor. With the push to save power and create new technologies that are more efficient, I don't understand the push for wireless charging. I will continue to plug in my devices even if it only saves me a few pennies.