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Feb 26, 2012

Duracell Powermat WiCC Could Bring Wireless Charging to any Smartphone

Powermat may have a bright future, but the company's products to date have been expensive, slightly clunky and a generally imperfect solution for bringing wireless power to mobile devices. That could all change with WiCC. The Wireless Charging Card (WiCC) is an IEEE Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard, with the potential to integrate Duracell Powermat technology within every mobile gadget. The incredibly thin device resembles those wafer-like SmartMedia cards once used in early digital cameras, with a similar form factor, but significantly more practicality. Each WiCC includes all the PowerMat circuitry found in the company's charging cases, while also doubling as an NFC antenna. The card's success is of course contingent on cooperation from device manufacturers, who will need to add a slim connector above the battery leads, including two for power, two for NFC and two for data -- an app will monitor charging. Powermat reps say that such a connector would cost pennies to implement, however, making it a potentially easy sell.

8 comments:

crowbloke said...

its the way forward.

YeamieWaffles said...

This is great news. The concept of wireless charging is absolutely class buddy.

Zyu said...

Oh man, I've been waiting for something like this for so long.

Red13 said...

nice!

SUCEN said...

cool

Belle said...

I like this idea!

R said...

Sounds nice!

Lt Nite said...

This idea is great, one drawback to smartphone is horrible battery life.