Television commercials showing people pressing their phones together to send files back and forth is only one area where sharing between devices is about to take place. Another is the ability to share battery power by pressing devices together in similar fashion. One hurdle standing in the way of the adoption of such a feature has been the lack of a standard; but now, as the Verge reports, that is about to change as one called Qi is about to take the hand held electronics community by storm.
Broadly put, the Qi standard, as explained by Wireless Power, is a common means for describing the ways electricity is used and moved by electronic devices. By implementing the same standards, devices made by different makers are able to share power resources. One of those leading the charge, pardon the pun, is a company called Fulton Inovation. As EndGadget describes they are leading the way by working with hardware makers and coming up with new technology on their own to sell to device makers. And as EndGadget described in an earlier article, the technology is not limited to hand-held devices, they note that car maker Tesla has also expressed interest in a technology that would allow for juicing up its electric vehicles by simply parking over a charging station.
What’s perhaps most exciting is that the standard has been hammered out, as the Verge notes in a more recent article; the company has been demonstrating phones made by different manufacturers at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, that are able to charge one another.
The concept is exceptionally easy for users who have such an ability with their phone. All they have to do is turn two devices over and press them together. The devices figure out which is lower on battery juice and the one with more sends some to the one with less. If the devices are pressed together long enough, they will both eventually have the same amount.
Fulton reps at the show say that consumers have already expressed interest in the idea – a single person with two devices for example, could use one to charge the other to prevent loss of a data connection. Or more socially, friends could help each other out by sharing juice when someone is running low. One person could collect a small amount from several people, for example.
Unlike other technology seen at the show, the consumer electronics world is about to find out if users really want such technology, because it’s going to be available in a wide range of phones starting in the second quarter of this year.