Qi (the Chinese word for energy flow, pronounced "chee") is a new global standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium which enables 'wireless charging' of devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, and gaming consoles at present. Over time, more devices will be able to be charged this way, so there will be no need to charge your mobile device through a mains socket as we do now.
The Qi system comprises a power transmission pad and a compatible receiver in a portable device. To use the system, the mobile device is placed on top of the power transmission pad, which charges it via magnetic induction.
Mobile device manufacturers that are working with the standard include HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony. The Wireless Power Consortium was established in 2008, and is an open-membership cooperation of Asian, European, and American companies in various manufacturing industries. Their aim is to create a global standard for wireless charging technology so regardless of the brand, wireless charging pads (transmitters) and wireless receivers will be interoperable.
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