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Qi wireless charging goes mainstream

Oct 15, 2014

Qi has entered mainstream consumer adoption and quickly solidified its position as market leader

With new Qi installations in airports, public venues, office buildings, restaurants, hotels and cars, the installed base of Qi-enabled wireless charging spots has increased to more than 30 countries and one million locations.

Qi’s success is due to our 200-plus member companies that are fueling exciting innovation of the Qi standard, building unique Qi products and developing Qi-based business services. Our members are driving the accelerated adoption of wireless charging by consumers and businesses around the globe.

With more than 65 Qi-compatible mobile phone models and more than 500 different Qi products, the deployed base and industry commitment to the Qi standard has expanded to 50 million devices, allowing users to experience the utility and convenience of wireless charging and related services. Even users of handsets such as iPhone which don't currently feature wireless charging compatibility can enjoy the convenience of wireless charging by using one of aircharge's wireless charging adaptors.

Take a look at the different places Aircharge Qi wireless charging can be found:

Offices

Facebook, Google, Texas Instruments, Verizon and other notable companies have deployed Qi chargers in corporate meeting rooms.
Described as the most sustainable office building in the world, Deloitte’s state-of-the-art building in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has all of its office desks outfitted with Qi wireless chargers from ZENS.

Restaurants

Nine McDonalds restaurants in Hannover, Germany, recently installed Qi chargers in its tables. McDonald's representative David Ehmann said, “We are happy to provide this innovative technology for our guests with noticeable benefit and free of charge.”
Toronto’s Kanga Café installed Qi wireless charging in its tables, so patrons can enjoy Australian cuisine while charging without an outlet. Also in Toronto, coffee shops across the city have adopted Qi, including Balzacs, Coffee Bar Inc., Sense Appeal and Thor.
Technologically-advanced Kitchen 67, based in Michigan, also distinguishes itself with Qi. “Qi brings more business into the restaurant. It’s been a big part of the overall success of Kitchen 67 with the overall technology integration into the entertainment aspect of the guest experience,” said a Kitchen 67 representative.

Hotels

Kube Systems recently unveiled a universal charging system featuring Qi, the PowerKube. It later announced a business agreement with Marriott International, Inc., to deliver a premium charging solution that meets the technology needs of guests for its Marriott Hotels brand.

Airports

Verizon has deployed 800 Qi-enabled charging spots at major airports around the U.S. (Also see USA Today’s post about the Verizon charging spots)
Haier has installed Qi charging locations in the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, with an additional 75 locations planned for deployment in various locations within the next year.
In Japan, DoCoMo has planted countless Qi chargers in airports and train stations throughout the country.

Public Venues

Qi has been installed throughout the Clerkenwell design district in London; at France’s Roland Garros stadium (home to the French Open); and is currently being installed in major stadiums and venues in the U.S.

Automotive

Qi chargers are offered in various models of Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, General Motors, Lexus and SsangYong vehicles. If your car has wireless charging, it’s Qi ready.
After a three-year study, the German auto consortium CE4A has recommended Qi for in-car wireless charging in Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen.

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