Wireless charging technology lets you recharge the battery in your smartphone, laptop, or other gadgets without plugging in a cable. This can make charging your phone as simple as placing it on a table (or charging pad) when you’re not using it.
Right now there are a few different competing standards for wireless charging: the Qi standard is more commonly found in existing gadgets, but the Rezence standard is more versatile: you can use a single Rezence device to charge multiple gadgets simultaneously and you don’t need to place your device directly on a charging pad. Instead there can be up an object between the charger and your phone: like a tabletop. Rezence chargers can be built into furniture in a way that prevents you from ever even seeing the charging pad.
So where are all the Rezence-compatible products? According to Intel, they’re on the way.
Intel is one of the member companies of the Alliance for Wireless Power, the company behind the Rezence standard. During Intel’s keynote event at the Computex show in Taiwan, the company showed off the wireless charging technology and announced that Intel is working with partners to bring Rezence-based products to market.
Chinese device maker Haier is working to bring wireless charging to restaurants, hotels, and airports in China. US-based PC accessory maker Targus also plans to develop products with Rezence wireless charging. And Intel is working with other Alliance members including Foxconn and Basecom to produce other Rezence-based products.
We might not see smartphones, laptops, and other devices released with built-in support for Rezence charging until 2016. But it’s possible we could see adapters released this year that will make it possible to charge existing devices without wires.
For example, you might be able to buy a smartphone case that lets you charge your phone without connecting a cable this year… and next year you might be able to buy a phone that can do the same thing without a special case.