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Joined by Dave Baarman, from The Wireless Power Consortium this week, at the Smart Kitchen Summit. But we’ll be talking more that just how wireless power affects your kitchen. We’ll of course, talk sports.

Established in 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium is an open, collaborative standards development group of more than 500 member companies from around the globe. WPC’s member companies are large and small competitors and ecosystem partners representing brands from all parts of the industry and all parts of the globe. Our members collaborate with a single purpose: worldwide compatibility of all wireless chargers and wireless power sources. Many stadiums and arenas in college, minor league and professional sports are now offering wireless charging stations for their fans.

As wireless charging continues to evolve beyond consumer handheld devices, there are myriad of other new applications, such as laptops, tablets, drones, robots, connected car and the intelligent cordless kitchen. The WPC maintains and develops standards for a variety of different wireless power applications. This includes:

The Qi standard, for smartphones and other portable mobile devices. Qi delivers up to 15W today. A future extension will also deliver up to 60W to enable laptop charging in addition to charging smartphones and other portable mobile devices with wide positioning freedom.

The Ki Cordless Kitchen standard, for kitchen appliances, for delivering up to 2,200W.

The Medium Power standard, a simple low-cost solution delivering 30 – 65W for power tools, robotic vacuum cleaners, e-bikes, and other battery-powered devices that don’t require compatibility with the Qi standard for mobile phones charging.
With more than 5000 different Qi Certified wireless charging products in the market, the WPC uses a network of independent authorized test labs around the globe that test specific properties for safety, interoperability, and usability.

Have a listen and as always, let me know what you think.

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