RIM joins queue for Qi
Just behind the Energizer bunny
Research in Motion and Energizer are the latest to sign up to the Wireless Power Consortium and endorsed its Qi standard.
That puts membership of the Consortium up to 21, including Nokia and Duracell. Handset manufacturers tend to be full members; able to influence the standard, while Duracell and Energizer just stumped up €10,000 for access to the draft specification as Associate members.
Just because Nokia and RIM have joined doesn't mean they'll be supplying Pre-like Touchstone chargers any time soon, though. At this point the important thing is to ensure that any forthcoming standard isn't incompatible with existing architectures, to be ready to deploy it if anyone else does.
Wireless power is still a solution looking for a problem, and economic times like these aren't ideally suited for such a pointless technology. But it's worth noting that companies are willing to spend a few quid to make sure they aren't left out if punters suddenly decide they really want wireless power after all. ®
I don't care about wireless power, just make everything use the same charger/power supply. Is it really that difficult?
I just don't get wireless power
At least not this really close range stuff.
If it worked over several feet then that could be quite cool, but these inductive chargers just seem pointless.
If I plug in a device, at least I can move it around within the range of the cable while it's charging. With an inductive system it has to sit on the pad all the time.
And is it really that much of a hassle to take a matter of seconds to plug a device in?
The only advantage to this seems to be that it is a going to be a single standard, so at least you can use one pad for everything. But switching all devices to micro-usb would solve the same problem.
Believe it or not, you're both right: