Wireless Charging Pads for Your iPhone 8 and iPhone X

Pat Wise
September 19, 2017

You might be fascinated by the new wireless charging tech Apple put into the iPhone X. And we need a charger that's actually wireless. Pi adds contactless charging capabilities by aligning its magnetic field with your device using a patented technology. "It took us over a year to complete the mathematical proof that makes it all possible", they said, at the TechCrunch Disrupt event. While this may sound somewhat similar to how Wi-Fi has implemented faster data transmission speeds, thanks to the use of multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) technology, Shi noted in a prior paper that "there is an intrinsic difference between multi-user MIMO in RF communications and the physics of wireless charging".

Any Qi-compatible phone or tablet, like the new iPhones, will work with the charger, but Pi is also providing cases that can be used with other devices. It can charge four devices (or more) at the same time and deliver up to 10W of power per device.

However, this didn't happen overnight, co-founders Lixin Shi and John MacDonald have been working relentlessly over the past 3.5 years to achieve this.

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While the co-founders have not ruled out seeing the company's innovation appearing in products from other manufacturers, their main focus is to sell the Pi as a first-party device in its own right. The first 314 customers will get a $50 discount code.

Pi plans to start shipping the Pi in 2018, and is planning for it to be "well under $200" (£148, AU$250).

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