While visiting with John Perzow (Who writes for Planet Analog along with WPC guest members), VP of the WPC, we spoke about McDonalds adding 600 Qi wireless charging spots in the UK (“Want fries with that charge?”); wireless charging in automotive; and other applications, but not much was made of a small corner of the WPC booth which had an application I had not expected, but which intrigued me–Kitchen appliances powered wirelessly via Qi in the self-tuned resonant mode. The WPC and Philips are working together in this effort which should bring products to the market very soon.
The appliance power turns on when the appliance is switched on. Internal circuitry by the appliance manufacturer will activate the 1,200 W (We will see 2,000 W in the future) self-tuned resonant field installed under the counter top as well as a communication link between the appliance and the under-counter electronics. The appliance and the under-counter tuned resonant circuit will both be turned off when the appliance switch is turned to the OFF position or the appliance is removed from the field. The WPC standards will enable the proliferation of appliance manufacturers around the world just as it has done for smart phones, tablets and PCs.
Look for more innovations in the future using this amazing technology like being integrated into furniture and more.