Motorola's ‘wireless’ over-the-air charging could arrive sooner than expected: Report
Wireless charging technology available to consumers today involves placing your phone, wireless earbuds and wearable devices on a charging plate, mat or a disc (like Apple's MagSafe) but earlier this year, Xiaomi, Motorola, and Oppo teased over-the-air charging mechanisms that could charge your phone remotely' and ‘invisibly' without placing it on a charging surface. Now a new report suggests Motorola's solution could be closer than we previously thought.
GuRu Wireless, an over-the-air power delivery company has announced a partnership with the mobile phone manufacturer to bring the technology to the companies offerings. The company states that it could help Motorola deliver wireless charging at a distance of one meter and that the technology might work with a variety of electronic devices and not just smartphones.
While these wireless charging technologies could take a while to arrive, it is still unclear what charging speeds they will offer once they are launched. It is also unclear whether charging speeds will be affected by a device moving closer or further away from a charging station, although the report says that Motorola's technology is likely to block charging once it is blocked by an obstacle.
If Motorola is able to deliver a smart over-the-air charging solution, its customers will be able to charge their devices without worrying about whether their device was properly positioned over the charging coils, or whether their device was overheating. However, it remains to be seen just how expensive an over-the-air charging station could cost, something we will only know once Motorola eventually launches the product.