Materials group Formica has developed a laminated surface that integrates charging coils that can be used with the Qi wireless charging standard, highlighting the increasing mainstream use of the technology. Having the coils integrated into the laminate on table tops will simplify the roll out of wireless charging systems.
The company highlights market research that says 72 percent of consumers have experienced "battery anxiety" around their mobile device. The Intentek Wireless Charging Surface is a Formica Laminate surface with integrated charging coils that can wirelessly charge Qi Certified devices simply by placing them on it. It can be used with the fulll Formica range of more than 300 laminate colours, patterns and woodgrains.
"Everyone knows the annoyance of searching for an outlet to charge a phone when away from home, but current wireless charging 'solutions' often fall short of both designer and user expectations," said Amy Gath, vice president, marketing at Formica. "With the Intentek Wireless Charging Surface, designers can now help their clients offer visitors a simple, cord-free charging experience on horizontal surfaces designed to beautifully match any space from an airport lounge to a restaurant
Unlike wireless charging pucks or pads that clutter the surface and can be easily damaged with food or water, the Intentek System is fully integrated into the durable, easy-to-clean surface in many spaces, including hospitality, entertainment, retail, health care, education and office settings.
The Formica Corporation was founded in 1913 and includes a global group of companies including Formica IKI Oy, Formica Skandinavien AB, Formica Ltd, Formica S.A.S.and Homapal GmbH.