Wireless charging makes the grade

technic, funk, man at short-wave receiver, 1961, 1960s, 60s, 20th century, historic, historical, radio operator, radio operatorsWhile few people had even heard of wireless charging last year, many more are aware of its potential now. But, even so, few people are using it.

So says market research company IHS, which surveyed people in the US, in the UK and in China recently.

This year shipments of wireless power receivers in smartphones will be more than 120 million units, largely due to sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Of those units, 20 million will be wearable devices and in that sector Apple’s iWatch will generate 70 percent of revenue.

But even though 76 percent of the people surveyed had heard of wireless chring, only 20 percent of people use it, and 16 percent use it to charge their devices every day.

Many people use mains charging and only use wireless charging occasionally.

IHS said people wanted lower prices, the ability to charge more than one device on one charger, and improvements in speed.