The future of wireless charging will not include charging pads, and will be the first race among hardware vendors to do so. Various companies have now promised no-contact wireless charging for a few years, with some even demonstrating prototypes at tech shows such as CES. Today, Xiaomi showed a technical demo of its “Mi Air Charge” over-the-air charging technology, but Motorola today began its work on no-contact charging.
A Motorola executive took to sharing a video showing Weibo from a prototype remote charging station today with the branding “Motorola One Hyper”, not to be confused with a smartphone with the same name. In the video, which we have embedded below, it shows two smartphones charging at a distance of 80 cm and 100 cm. These smartphones look like the Motorola Edge, but it is unclear what – if any – modifications have been made to them.
The video continues when the charge is reduced by placing a person’s hand in front of the charging station. This suggests that Motorola designed the system to charge when it detects a person in front of the station, for health reasons.
Unlike Xiaomi, Motorola has not appeared to share additional details on how its no-contact wireless charging technology operates. While the company is teasing users on Weibo by asking if they would like to see the technology in future Edge Series devices, they have not confirmed whether they are ready to bring it to commercial product. The implementation and structural problems that need to be overcome can be well understood, so we are definitely interested in knowing how Motorola is dealing with this problem.