Power Up Smart Devices Wirelessly on Corian
- Feb 08, 2016
By Diana Mosher
Chicago—Wireless charging is about to become even more mainstream, thanks to a collaboration between Duracell Powermat and DuPont Building Innovations. DuPont Building Innovations is encouraging apartment owners to “cut the cord” with its launch of the DuPont Corian Charging Surface, a new technology powered by Duracell Powermat that will let residents charge their mobile devices without the need for wires and plugs cluttering the counter top. This innovative offering debuted in Chicago at NeoCon 2015, the largest commercial interiors show in North America.
Available for apartment units as well as amenity spaces, 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.
Since it can be used together with any color or pattern of Corian surfacing, this product is combining design and technology to offer apartment owners, managers and architects a new way to solve challenges and create unique environments in public spaces and in apartment homes.
Nearly all smart devices can be charged with a charging ring from Duracell Powermat, but charging cases also are available, and some devices are already enabled with wireless charging capabilities. To wirelessly charge using Corian Charging Surface, apartment residents 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 Power Matters Alliance (PMA) 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 back-end management. The dashboard provides the ability for property managers to monitor usage trends (in amenity spaces) and understand more about resident usage patterns.