Wireless charging isn't new, but the technology soon will get a new push from large industry players like Samsung and Qualcomm.
At CTIA in New Orleans today, the two companies announced the formation of the Alliance for Wireless Power (AWP). The organization will "promote global standardization of a wireless power transfer technology" by fostering an industry dialogue and developing a product testing, certification, and regulatory compliance processes.
Qualcomm first delved into wireless power three years ago when it announced the WiPower wireless charging system and Samsung said last week that it may deliver a wireless charging accessory with its new Galaxy S III.
Unlike the Qi technology promoted by the Wireless Power Consortium, the AWP hopes to develop a product that can transfer power through nonmetallic surfaces. It envisions a single unit placed anywhere from a table to a car dashboard that could charge low-power devices like Bluetooth headsets to hungrier gadgets like tablets.