A growing number of smartphones and tablets support wireless charging. But soon you may be able to charge larger, more power-hungry devices such as laptops without plugging them in first.

Qi and Rezence have been improving their wireless charging protocols to make it easier to charge devices… and possible to charge larger devices or even multiple devices.

Now redditor basmith7 notes that it looks like wireless charging could be coming to future Chromebooks.

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Evidence comes from a Chromium code commit described to “enable inductive charging” on a board code-named Ryu.

Ryu isn’t the name of an upcoming Chromebook, but it’s a PC board which someone is using to test the open source version of Chrome OS. It’s not clear if this board will be used in an actual Chromebook or if it’s just a test platform.

But what is clear is that someone is at least writing code that would allow a Chromebook to use inductive wireless charging so that you could recharge the laptop by placing it on a charging pad instead of by plugging it in.

via OMG Chrome

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3 replies on “Future Chromebooks could support wireless charging”

  1. The Rezence (former A4WP wireless standard) which is using magnetic reonance and not magnetic induction as Power Qi standard is using have a better property than Power Qi that Rezence standard can charge many devices at the same time and don’t need that charger and charging coil is just under/over each coil during charging.

    The Rezence wireless charging standard is using MIT-spin-off company Witricity patents and know-how.

  2. Having a magnetic coupler similar to apple’s would likely be more than sufficient unless apple were somehow able to patent the entire idea.

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