Starbucks adds Powermat wireless charging to 200 San Francisco stores
Starbucks is expanding its wireless charging efforts, by adding more Duracell Powermat charges to 200 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, ahead of plans to offer it across the United States and possibly in Europe and Asia by next year. For customers without a compatible wireless charging device, Duracell Powermat "Rings" will be available to borrow and return for each visit, or can be bought for $10 each.
Starbucks announces plans to add in-house wireless charging spots, beginning in San Francisco
Starbucks has announced that in conjunction with Duracell, the coffee company will launch wireless charging spots in select cafes. The stations will consist of Duracell's Powermat chargers, which will be made available on designated tables and counters. The chargers are designed for slimmer devices, such as the iPhone (using a small power connector) and various Samsung Galaxy devices that are wireless-charging compatible. The new offering will begin in San Francisco, and will expand in the rest of the US next year.
GM bringing Powermat wireless charging to autos
General Motorls will offer consumers the option of wireless charging for mobile devices in some of its automobiles, Bloomberg reported this week. Select GM models will be equipped with Powermat wireless charging surfaces, which will require compatible devices that either have wireless charging capabilities built in or are paired with a wireless charging case. The collaboration was confirmed by Powermat Technologies CEO Ran Poliakine, though GM has so far declined to comment.
Duracell-backed charging company adds 1,000 more charging points
PowerKiss, a wireless charging company based in Helsinki, Finland, has been acquired by Powermat, also a creator of wireless charging systems for mobile devices. The purchase will bring PowerKiss under the Duracell-backed brand, adding its 1,000 wireless charging points in European McDonalds branches and airports to the existing 1,500 Powermat-owned charging spots in the United States.
Power Matters Alliance gains three new members
AT&T, Google, and Starbucks all announced today that they would be joining the Power Matters Alliance, a consortium of device manufacturers, carriers, and physical establishments committed to the creation of a real-world ecosystem of wireless power. Starbucks will be adding wireless power stations to 17 locations in the Boston area for a limited time in-store trial, while AT&T has begun selling PMA-compatible wireless power cases and charging surfaces in select markets. Google, meanwhile, sees the standard as a means of "doing for power what the Internet did for data."
New initiative sees Powermat charging stations throughout city
Joint venture Duracell Powermat has launched the 24-Hour Power System, bundling an iPhone case with a wireless charger and a backup battery. The collection arrives ahead of the Wireless Power Nation initiative, which will see public wireless charging hotspots for Powermat users.
Powermat outs chargers for plethora of phones
Wireless charger maker Powermat made official its latest products for the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G, as leaked earlier. At the same time, battery adapters for the Droid X, Bold 9700 series, Curve 8500/9300, HTC HD2 and Nokia N97.
Powermat near iPhone 4 and Evo 4G cases
Powermat is readying a pair of new wireless phone chargers to modernize its lineup. A sighting at Best Buy has shown charging add-ons for both Apple's iPhone 4 and HTC's Evo 4G. The brief Engadget tip didn't provide many details, but the iPhone 4 would continue the pattern of using a special charging case while the Evo 4G appears to just require a special battery cover.
Powermat for iPhone tested
The Powermat Wireless Charging System for iPhone is a unique offering that give iPhone users both a wireless charging system as well as a protective case for their phone. Cable-free power sounds great in theory, but as most iPhone users either already have a case donít want one, how useful could this device really be? Read our review to find out.
Ellen DeGeneres gives away Nooks, Pixies, more
On her talk show on Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres gave away a Palm Pixi cellphone, Barnes & Noble's Nook reader, a MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot, a Powermat wireless charger and Nokia Booklet 3G netbook to every member in her audience. The bundle was the first in a series of giveaways, dubbed 12 Days of Giveaways.
Wireless Powermat chargers go on sale
Powermat has released its lineup of wireless chargers on Wednesday. The system utilizes an ultra-thin mat along with a receiver that attaches to each portable device a user charges. Powermat now also offers a custom Powercube receiver that can attach to iPhones, iPods, Nintendo game consoles and BlackBerry handsets for wireless recharging.