THE FUTURE OF
POWER IN OUR
How many connected devices do you use each day, whether for work or personal use? A smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop computer? According to market and consumer data provider
Statista, the number of connected devices per person worldwide
in 2020 is expected to be 6. 58, resulting in about 50 billion
connected devices in total.
That’s a lot of devices plugging in.
The rapid development and adoption of new technologies
require a different approach to power and data from just a few
years ago. Convenient access must be a standard seamlessly
built into any infrastructure – and when we say “infrastructure,”
we mean much more than in walls and on panels. And in more
places than just workspaces.
A lot of planes, trains, and automobiles – and buses, boats,
and even some high-tech bikes – now offer some kind of connectivity for the local commuter and the globe trotter.
As a designer and provider of power supply products, we’re
continually discovering and inventing ways for people to stay
connected no matter where they are. Let’s take a look at the
latest in connectivity.
You don’t need a crystal ball to see that wireless charging is
no longer a conversation of the future: It’s happening now.
Look around and you’ll notice charging stations popping up
in the public places that people frequent most. Starbucks and
McDonald’s already have begun incorporating wireless charging into a number of their locations. If you happened to attend
NeoCon this June in Chicago, you likely saw Aircharge wireless charging stations in the MART (and lots of people taking
advantage of them).
McDonald’s approached Aircharge in 2015 with a view of
becoming the first fast-food chain to introduce wireless charging
that offers and allows customers to “top-up” their phones at their
tables without having to plug them in or bring a cable/accessory
Everyone knows technology is always changing, but do you know what’s next in charging?
(Hint: Say goodbye to your old USB chargers.)
By Meghan Meier | Photography courtesy of Dekko|ECA
RIGHT New power
solutions will include
a USB-C port, shown
here on the left-hand
side. The cord will be
reversable and non-directional, meaning
the portion which
plugs into the outlet
and that which plugs
into the device will