The Alliance for Wireless Power, or A4WP for short, is going where no charging technology has gone before. The alliance just debuted a consumer-facing brand that will serve as the official name for its wireless power technology: Rezence.
Rezence uses the principles of magnetic resonance to extend wireless power applications beyond the mat and accessories market into devices and almost any surface. A4WP is working to build a global wireless charging ecosystem based on Rezence technology.
Board of director companies include Broadcom, Gill Electronics, IDT, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and SEMCO. A4WP will leverage the Rezence brand to support its product program by providing consumers with a recognizable icon that member companies can add to Rezence-certified product packaging, technical literature and future software applications. A4WP expects to launch the product certification program at the end of 2013.
The Essence of Resonance
Geoff Gordon, A4WP marketing committee chair, admitted it was a challenge for the A4WP marketing committee and its branding agency to create a distinct and easy to recognize brand concept that would speak to the unique benefits its technology brings to the wireless charging ecosystem.
"The name Rezence was derived from the words resonance and essence, communicating both the underlying technology and its ability to charge all types of electronic devices," he said. "The Rezence logo includes a simple, iconic mark in the form of a Z that can also be used as a standalone mark on a variety of applications."
This branding brings A4WP one step closer to its mission to publish technical specifications, maintain global testing and certification processes, and actively promoting the benefits of wireless charging technology throughout the consumer electronics industry.
Friendly Wireless Charging
"The new Rezence brand is much more than an icon, it's a promise to consumers that devices carrying the Rezence logo will be interoperable with one another," said Chang Yeong Kim, executive vice president and head of the digital media and communication R&D center of Samsung Electronics. "Rezence will allow us to move forward and bring consumer-friendly wireless charging to the global marketplace."
For retailers and other public locations such as airports, Rezence can be easily integrated into existing furniture and surfaces. For device manufacturers, Rezence leverages broadly adopted wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth Smart, which will allow manufacturers to minimize hardware requirements.
For industrial designers, Rezence provides more flexibility for charging applications to be installed into automobiles, furniture and other surfaces. And for consumers, Rezence will allow for a true drop-and-charge experience, including the ability to simultaneous charge multiple devices.
We turned to Roger Entner, principal analyst at Recon Analytics. He told us A4WP isn't doing anything earth shattering. The technology exists and the alliance is merely working to make it better and bring standards to the mix.
"Rezence is certainly more convenient than current solutions but it's the same tried and true technology. It's great but not really that revolutionary," Entner said. "The advantage is that the chargers will become interoperable the same way that USB chargers are interoperable."