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Invisible wireless charging coming to a worktop near you Featured

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DuPont is working with the Power Matters Alliance towards the integration of wireless charging systems into Corian worktops.

iTWire has frequently covered the topic of wireless charging for smartphones and other devices in recent times.

Examples include Mint Technology's internal wireless charging adaptor for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, Samsung's own wireless charger back for the S4, the Droidax wireless charger for the S3, and a wireless charger for the Nokia 820,

So far, the assumption has been that you'll place the device on a charging pad. But a lot of interior designers and a fair proportion of homeowners seem to like a minimalist approach to decor where visual clutter is avoided or at least hidden.

It's not much of a jump to imagine a wireless charger built into a piece of furniture. And that's exactly what DuPont has in mind by joining the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to work on embedded wireless power.

"The next phase in wireless power is seeing it embedded into surfaces used for furnishing solutions," said PMA president Ron Resnick.

"DuPont has been driving innovation for decades in the area of advanced materials. DuPont Corian solid surface is a globally renowned premium solution in the markets of furnishing and interior design, both commercial and residential.

"The collaboration between PMA and DuPont Building Innovations marks another step forward in the PMA's vision to make smart wireless power a ubiquitous part of our lives."

And DuPont Building Innovations' global marketing director Ruslan Yusupov said "We have been exploring the right technologies and partners for integrating wireless power into specific applications of DuPont Corian, and we have found both in the PMA."

But there is a fly in the ointment. While the PMA (the industry group formed around Powermat Technology's approach to wireless charging) has attracted a range of well-known companies including BlackBerry, HTC, Huawei, LG and Samsung (not to mention Duracell and Starbucks), most of the wireless charging action we've seen locally comes from the rival Wireless Power Consortium (the group behind the Qi technology).

There's also a third contender: the Alliance for Wireless Power(A4WP). How does that quotation go? "The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from."

Picture: PRNewsFoto/Power Matters Alliance


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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