DuPont Building Innovations has "cut the cord" with its launch of DuPont™ Corian® Charging Surface, a new technology that easily charges mobile devices without the need for wires and plugs cluttering the countertop. This innovative offering is available from Surface Innovations in South Africa.
Available for both residential and commercial use, the Corian® Charging Surface uses a transmitter hidden just below the surface to safely transfer energy wirelessly to a receiver within or attached to a smart device, such as a mobile phone or tablet.
"Corian® Charging Surface will change the way we think about surfacing solutions," said Angela Strzelecki, business director at DuPont Building Innovations. "This product combines design and technology to offer businesses, architects and designers a new way to solve challenges and create unique environments in public spaces and at home."
Nearly all smart devices can be charged with a charging ring from Duracell® Powermat®, but charging cases are also available, and some devices are already enabled with wireless charging capabilities. To wirelessly charge using Corian® Charging Surface, users need only connect the ring or case to their mobile device and place it on a charging spot.
Two different types of charging devices are available — an individual unit and the Powermat® unit. The individual unit is small, simple and easy to operate and is both PMA (Power Matters Alliance) and Qi compatible so it can work with either of the two main operating protocol standards for induction charging in the market today.
The Powermat® platform offers cloud-based technology for backend management. The dashboard enhances the customer experience with the ability for businesses to monitor usage trends and understand more about customer buying and visiting patterns.
"Wireless charging is about to become even more mainstream, thanks to this collaboration between Powermat® and DuPont Building Innovations," said Thorsten Heins, CEO, Powermat®. "Both businesses and home owners will be able to create innovative charging areas that fit seamlessly into their environments with the new Corian® countertops. It's another step to making wireless charging a pervasive part of our everyday lives."
For more information about DuPont™ Corian® Charging Surface, contact Philip Roux at Surface Innovations.
Some questions answered
How does wireless charging work?
Wireless power, also known as inductive coupling, uses narrow magnetic fields that are a natural part of how electrical current moves through wires. It starts by creating a magnetic field around a hidden electrical coil. The receiving device has a hidden coil that can receive the magnetic energy created, thereby transferring power wirelessly.
What do I need to charge my device using Corian® Charging Surface?
Some devices already include built-in support for wireless charging. If your device does not have this capability, you can enable your device by plugging a Powermat® wireless charging ring into its charging port or by using a case specifically designed for wireless charging. Cases and adapters are readily available on online stores such as Amazon.com or other electronic retailers.
Does Dupont offer an adapter for my existing devices?
DuPont offers a Powermat® Wireless Charging Ring which acts as an adapter. It comes in several different variations depending on the type of device you have. The Ring is plugged into your device?s charging port and acts as a receiver of the magnetic energy created by the technology embedded in the DuPont™ Corian® solid surface or Zodiaq® quartz surface.
Is wireless charging faster than wired charging?
Wireless charging receivers will charge your phone at approximately the same rate as wired charging.
Can you charge other devices besides Smartphones?
Yes, DuPont™ Corian® Charging Surface uses technology that is scalable and versatile. It can be used to charge a range of devices depending upon the specific makeup of the wireless charging spots. Most wireless charging spots are initially configured to support smartphones and other devices, such as small tablets. Larger tablets may charge, but at a much slower rate.
Can a laptop be charged?
No. A laptop requires higher energy to charge so it either may fail to charge at all or will charge at a much slower rate. However, Corian® Charging Surface has scalable technology and has the ability to upgrade to laptop compatibility when this technology becomes available.
What accessories are required to use wireless charging?
Until more smartphones come with built-in wireless charging capability, you will need a Wireless Charging case, a Powermat® Wireless Charging Ring or an external adaptor. A package of Powermat® Wireless Charging Rings will come with the Individual Wireless Charging unit.