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Intel: Wireless charging will go mainstream next year

Wireless charging is slowly drifting from the realms of future tech to mass-market reality and, according to Intel, next year could see the battery-boosting abilities become a mainstream feature.

Having recently been introduced as a standard feature on leading smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Intel has claimed wireless charging will soon be present in all handsets, tablets and laptops.

What’s more, the computer giant has predicted that in the next couple of years you won’t be able to plonk your tech down on any table without it receiving an effortless recharge.

“Very soon your coffee table, your hall table will have this technology,” Mark Atkinson, Technology Marketing Manager for Intel’s Consumer Division said speaking with TrustedReviews.

He added: “You’ll get home, put your phone down on the side and it will charge.”

It’s not just within the confines of your own abode that your daily gadgets will be on the receiving end of a battery boost either.

“All coffee shops, cafes, airport lounges will offer wireless charging points,” he said. “It will become like Wi-Fi hotspot points were in the 2000s.”

So, when can we expect wireless charging points to become an ever-present feature on our high streets? Well, sooner rather than later according to Intel.

“This year you’ll have places where you can go and benefit from wireless charging points, but it will still be very early,” Atkinson said.

“At the end of the year you will start to see Intel technologies introduced that support this level of wireless charging as standard.

“It will be early technology this year, but over 2016 and 2017 is when we are really going to see growth in wireless charging. The industry is going to galvanise around these standards and push on.”

For those fretting that benefitting from wireless charging will require completely redecorating your home with gaudy, tech-equipped sideboards, worry not. Atkins has detailed how we will simply upgrade our existing furniture.

“You won’t have to buy a new coffee table to benefit from wireless charging, you’ll be able to get an after market power kit and adapt your current furniture,” he said.

“This is what power’s going to become, wireless. People’s phones will even tell them where the nearest wireless charging point is.”

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There are currently a number of wireless charging standards making use of both magnetic resonance and conductive loop technologies.

According to Intel, this wide-ranging array of systems will soon be filter down to just two industry-wide standards – one utilising each tech.

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