Earbuds and smartwatches could soon be charged wirelessly
Thanks to the NFC (Near Field Communication) Forum, in the near future you may be able to buy a smartphone that can wirelessly charge small devices such as earbuds and smartwatches.
The NFC Forum is responsible for near-field communications. They recently released the Wireless Charging Specification (WLC) that will allow some devices to transfer power to smaller devices. That means that chargers or smartphone equipped with a single antenna will be able to transfer power to compatible devices at up to a watt at a time. That’s perfect for earbud and smartwatch charging.
NFC devices that are equipped with the technology would also be able to communicate with each other.
Most smartphones come with NFC, so this will allow manufacturers to implement changes to their devices to allow for the wireless charging, should they choose.
“NFC wireless charging is truly transformative because it changes the way we design and interact with small, battery-powered devices as the elimination of plugs and cords enables the creation of smaller, hermetically-sealed devices,” stated NFC Forum chair Koichi Tagawa.
This standard could also work with other NFC-equipped devices, such as PCs, tablets, and gaming consoles.
Hopefully, this new WLC standard improves compatibility between devices from different manufacturers. Time will tell.
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