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  • Editing Team 16:24 on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    O’Dea Develops Wireless Charging Pads with NFC 


    Creative design studio O’Dea has developed a series of upmarket wireless induction charging pads which include embedded NFC tags.

    Both the US$449 black cherry wood and felt Cherry Charger and the US$549 concrete and cork Concrete Charger use a polycarbonate “light blade” to signal the charging status while the NFC tags can be used to set functions such as alarms in the device being recharged.

    The chargers are based on the Qi standard found in devices such as the LG Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

  • Editing Team 18:17 on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia Releases NFC Wireless Car Charger 

    Nokia-NFC-wireless-car-charger-rfid-blogAmong a set of new Nokia devices this week, one of the most instantly appealing is the universal NFC Wireless Car Charger. This device is made to work with the Lumia lineup of Nokia devices, working with Qi standard wireless charging as well as embedded NFC to tell your device it’s docked.

    When you dock a device, the wireless charging will start and NFC will be activated, which allows users to open GPS or other application.

    At the bottom of this holder you’ll notice a little space, this being open so that your smartphone’s microUSB can be accessed for a more traditional charging experience. Charging power comes from a lighter plug that’s also got an extra USB port on its back – from there you’ll be able to output power galore once more.

    This device is made for the Lumia lineup and will be sold with Nokia device, and you’ll want to head to the store to test it out before you assume it’ll work perfectly with your wireless charging-capable device. If you only want it for NFC and the port at the bottom for ease in holding whilst charging, you’re in luck!

    Unfortunately there are not details regarding pricing or a release date, so you’ll just have to wait.

  • Editing Team 16:12 on January 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Will Wireless Charging Drive NFC Growth? 

    Qi-wireless-charging-NFC-development-rfid-blogAt CES 2013, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) displayed dozens of devices that were designed to the Qi wireless charging standard, including the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Droid DNA, suggesting that 2013 may be the year wireless charging becomes a feature consumers expect to come standard in new smartphones.

    Qi is an interface standard developed by the WPC. The standard applies to inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 40 millimeters. That is to say, it’s used for charging phones. Recently, a growing number of phone manufacturers have been integrating the wireless charging standard into their devices.

    But what does the impending rise of wirelessly charging smartphones have to do with the growth of NFC technology?

    At CES, the WPC also displayed several new components designed to facilitate the integration of the Qi wireless charging technology. One component on display, developed by TDK, integrated both Qi wireless technology and NFC into a single chip.

    As these components become smaller, cheaper, and easier to integrate into devices, Bas Fransen, chief marketing officer at ConvenientPower, says manufacturers will ship more smartphones featuring both wireless charging and NFC.

    It’s possible that as Qi wireless charging becomes more predominant, NFC could piggyback on that popularity.

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