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25 Jan

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Best new technology and products at CES 2019

January 25, 2019 | By |

The second week of January is always special for tech geeks. Over 100,000 attendees & 4,500 exhibiting companies descend upon Las Vegas to showcase & inspire the world of tech. The Veloxity team has attended for the past 5 years and we are always eager to report on the latest technologies. Here are a few of Veloxity’s favorite products from CES 2019: Read More

28 Jun

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Wireless Phone Charging Technology: Lasers

June 28, 2018 | By |

Samsung and Apple stepped up their game by introducing wireless charging technology, where your phone automatically charges when laying on a specifically designed electronic pad. But researchers at the UW might have just invented the next great phone charging breakthrough: lasers.

The first challenge they faced was how to charge a phone via laser without harming people in the process. Their system includes one main charging beam surrounded by four safeguard beams that will shut down the stronger charging beam when their stream is broken to avoid injury. The second key component is the receiver that attaches onto the back of the phone to convert the energy provided by laser into electrical energy, charging the cellphone’s battery.

If the phone is visible and in an unbroken line of sight to the laser system,

it will be able to be charged from across the room Read More

26 Mar

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Apple News: Upcoming New Products, Rumors and More

March 26, 2018 | By |

Upcoming: New Products We’re Expecting from Apple this Spring

Apple’s main events are in June and September, but there has been a trend of the company making announcements in March. In addition to refreshes on some of its less prominent devices, the spring is sometimes a venue for wildcard releases: last year’s Product(RED) versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, or the release of its video-editing software Clips.

This year, in addition to the rumors of new Apple products, consumers are awaiting more news on devices that Apple has already discussed. So, then, here is a rundown of a few products that we could hear about in March.

The non-Pro iPad

Last year towards the end of March, Apple rolled out a new iPad, positioning it as a lower-cost device for those who didn’t need the power of an iPad Pro. Just a year later, Apple may not need to revise that model. Its A9 chip is still pretty respectable, and with 32GB and 128GB configurations, it avoids cutting too much into the iPad Pro’s market.

On the other hand, there’s been a little rumbling about the iPad mini. The current model, the iPad mini 4, came out in September 2015 and uses the same A8 chip that’s embedded in the HomePod and the Apple TV. If Apple’s serious about keeping the iPad mini around, it seems like this might be a good opportunity for the company to bump up its specs.

AirPower and wireless-charging AirPods

Pre-announcing products is still not the norm for Apple, but in recent years, it has taken to planting a flag about some forthcoming devices. At its September 2017 event, Apple took the time to mention that it would launch sometime in 2018 its own wireless charging pad, dubbed AirPower. A case for the AirPods that supports wireless charging is likely appearing around the same time.

These may not be the most exciting of products, and it’s possible we’ve learned most of what there is to know about them aside from the prices, but they are laying the groundwork for a future where wireless charging is not only more widespread, but also starts to become an expected standard.

iPhone SE update

The iPhone’s cheapest model—the iPhone SE—debuted in March 2016. Since then, it’s been an object of intense discussion: is this a device that Apple plans of revamping regularly? Or is it merely a one-off to keep a low cost?

Rumors of a new version of the iPhone SE have been around for a while, but they’ve gathered steam this year. Again, it seems unlikely that Apple would bring any of the high-end features of its newest iPhones—Face ID, wireless charging, Portrait mode—to the SE.

30 Jan

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Shoppers Looking for Better In-Store Customer Service

January 30, 2018 | By |

32% of shoppers are looking for better in-store customer service according to a new market research report. The “2017 Holiday Shopping Report” asked consumers their holiday shopping habits, if they would be using their mobile devices during their trip, and how they felt about their overall shopping experience.

Responses were collected from more than 1,000 shoppers at malls across the country using phone charging stations.

Key Takeaways

  • Shoppers want better customer service while they shop

When shoppers were asked what could have improved their holiday shopping experience, 32% said better customer service. Other responses included cheaper items (22%), more parking (12%), better product selection (10%), and fewer crowds (6%).

Shopping can be hectic this time of year for both the shopper and the retailer. It is essential that retailers make sure their staff is equipped to help shoppers and make their trip more enjoyable.

Despite the call for better customer service, 83% of shoppers felt they had a positive holiday shopping experience, while 11% had nothing positive or negative to say about their shopping trip.

  • Only 4% of shoppers had a negative experience

The majority of shoppers (34%) plan on making only one holiday shopping trip this season, while 30% plan on making three or more trips, 21% didn’t plan on making any holiday shopping trips, and 14% plan on making two trips.

Finally, shoppers were asked how likely they were to do the remainder of their holiday shopping in-store rather than online. 75% of shoppers said it was likely, 18% were undecided, and 8% said it was unlikely.

  • Mobile devices continue to play a big role in the holiday shopping trip

Shoppers will use their phones for a variety of functions this holiday shopping season. Most will use them to enhance their in-store shopping experience – to find store locations (27%), find deals (18%), get or share live updates through social media (14%), compare prices (13%), access coupons (12%), make or refer to shopping lists (8%), and research products online (6%). Very few shoppers (3%) plan to use their mobile devices to make purchases directly on their devices while they are out shopping.

 

 

31 Dec

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The Future of Wireless Cell Phone Charging

December 31, 2017 | By |

Wireless cell phone charging is no longer the future because it’s here. Just about every high-end phone can charge up on some inductive platform. Charging-at-a-distance, on the other hand, is the future: the technology converts wireless signals into electricity to charge phones, tablets and other small gadgets.

Energous is the latest charging-at-a-distance company to throw its hat in the ring, but it has a significant leg up over its competitors: It’s just become the first-ever technology of its kind to get FCC approval.

Energous released a statement that explained its accomplishment. The Federal Communications Commission can certify charging-at-a-distance technology, since it technically takes advantage of radio frequencies to transmit a signal.

“As the first FCC certification for power-at-a-distance wireless charging under Part 18 of the FCC’s rules, this development represents a new era of wireless charging, and opens up a tremendous opportunity for the electronics industry,” Energous announced.

Part 18 of the FCC rules deal with “Industrial, Scientific and Medical Equipment.” Before selling new technology in the United States that takes advantage of radio frequencies, companies must seek FCC approval and abide by rules concerning operating procedure, interference and restricted radio bands.

It’s not terribly interesting to the average consumer, but the bottom line is this: the company probably did not go through all the trouble of getting FCC approval if it doesn’t intend to bring the product to market within a reasonable interval. And the FCC probably wouldn’t grant approval if Energous’s wireless charging didn’t at least kind of work. Even so, FCC approval is not an endorsement of the product or its underlying technology.

As far as what Energous claims to do, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. The company says it has developed a field transmitter called WattUp, which beams a signal via radio frequency to any device with a WattUp receiver attached. WattUp is platform-agnostic, meaning you could theoretically buy a charger for any phone, regardless of who makes the device. The technology can theoretically charge devices quickly via wireless contact charging, or more slowly just by being in the general vicinity of the WattUp transmitter. Right now, Energous says its transmitter works at distances of up to 3 feet.

Energous aims to demonstrate its power-at-a-distance technology at CES 2018 next month. Even if the technology works as promised, there’s no indication of how much it might cost — or if smartphone producers will be willing to start incorporating it into their handsets. Still, if the FCC thinks there’s something to it, maybe this is a charging technology worth keeping an eye on in 2018.

09 Oct

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Why Phone Charging in Retail is the Next In-Store Wi-Fi

October 9, 2017 | By |

Everyone has used in-store Wi-Fi and it has become a common in-store amenity for brick-and-mortar retailers. According to a collaborative study by EarthLink Holdings, IHL Group and AirTight Networks, 57% of retailers offer free Wi-Fi for their customers and store employees.

With increasing consumer dependence on cell phones, and the lack of progress with internal phone batteries, phone charging stations are becoming the in-store Wi-Fi.

Why Phone Charging in Retail is Important?

Just as retailers have given in to customer demands for Wi-Fi, stores will also embrace phone charging as an essential in-store feature. Consumers are busier than ever, and keeping our phones charged can prove to be a difficult task when we’re running from the gym, to the office or to happy hour with friends. That’s why retailers like are installing free phone charging stations to keep customers powered up.

By offering this complimentary service, they’re ensuring a stress-free shopping experience for their customers. They’re also increasing customer retention, as many shoppers will simply exit a store as soon as they notice they have low battery.

How do Retailers Benefit?

For retailers, the benefits of offering these kinds of free amenities are tremendous. By requiring a customer to agree to their terms of service before a Wi-Fi connection is established or a phone is charged, they’re receiving permission from customers to gather all kinds of important insights. This type of shopper data can then be used to help retailers tailor coupons and other messages to customers.

How Can Retailers Survive Today?

These numbers are all telling the same story: our attachment to our mobile phones is only growing stronger and brick-and-mortar stores will have to adapt their retail technology offerings to the digital world or they’ll quickly fall out of favor as many retailers have. Sticking to traditional roots has destroyed retailers like Macy’s, J.C. Penney’s, RadioShack, Sears, Kmart, and Toys R Us.

To survive as a retailer today, you have to integrate digital within the in-store experience. The same shoppers who demanded in-store Wi-Fi will also come to expect amenities that will allow them to keep their phones charged so they can take advantage of that free Wi-Fi connection.

11 Jul

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The Latest in Smartphone Trends 2017

July 11, 2017 | By |

There are always new smartphone trends to look forward to, but in 2017, updates to phones from Apple, Samsung, LG, and Google are starting to look more intriguing than ever before.

  1. Virtual Reality

The point of speeding up mobile devices is to allow them to run applications like virtual reality, which demand heavy resources. It’ll be possible to plug handsets into Google’s DayDream View VR headset to watch movies, play games, or roam VR worlds.

  1. Dual Cameras

LG and Huawei led the way last year with its dual camera setups Apple followed later in the year. You will see the rest of the smartphones released have similar dual-cameras on their backs.

Not only are you going to see a lot of dual cameras from now on, you will also going to see expanded functionality, allowing these cameras to do more than single cameras could ever do.

As wireless headphones get better, losing the headphone port makes a certain amount of sense.

  1. Faster LTE

LTE speeds will get a serious boost with new modem technologies. Smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and Apple’s iPhone 7 can download data over LTE networks at a maximum speed of 600Mbps (bits per second), and upload data at 150Mbps. Download speeds could reach close to 1Gbps with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X16 modem, which should reach devices in the second half of 2016. Achieving that speed also depends on the network capabilities of a carrier.

  1. Foldable Devices

One of the new things to watch out for will be foldable devices. Flip phones in the past ruled the market until now with mobile touchscreens. But, foldable phones and curved screens are coming. Lenovo has already shown its own vision, and there will undoubtedly be some others who will try to follow this trend.

  1. Redesigns

The iPhone has looked identical for over two years, and Samsung has stuck to a similar design with its Galaxy S series, changing materials but not appearance. But it all looks to change. Apple is purported to have an all–glass iPhone 8 in the works, which will look completely different to existing models.

Similarly, Samsung is apparently priming a new Galaxy S8 that has an all screen front, dispensing with the standard home button for a fingerprint scanner that sits below the display.

Summary

comScore shows in 2016 that 198.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones. Consumers now spend the majority of their digital time on mobile devices, making mobile more valuable than ever. With the exciting new smartphone trends and mobile usage it means that more than ever organizations might consider adding mobile device charging stations.

03 Feb

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Mobile Phone Surge in the Medical Industry

February 3, 2017 | By |

You can often find phone charging stations at healthcare facilities. Doctors’ offices, hospitals, and clinics purchase charging stations for employees and for patients in waiting rooms. To combat long wait times and prevent having frustrated patients, these medical facilities are brainstorming ways that they can keep patients satisfied.

One piece of technology, phone charging stations, allows people to charge their phone if needed. It can be frustrating waiting several hours, but it can be even more frustrating when you can’t make a necessary call or you can’t use your phone to occupy the time.

Equally as important are the employees that use mobile technologies on a day-to-day basis. A study conducted by Kantar Media in March 2015 found that 84% of US physicians polled use a smartphone for professional purposes. Both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market have medical sections devoted to health apps that prove useful for physicians and healthcare professionals. Physicians are accessing apps to help them with a variety of roles, such as:

  • Diagnostic tools
  • Clinical reference
  • Drug and coding references
  • Productivity and organization tools
  • Medical journals

Edward McEachern, Jackson & Coker’s VP of marketing, described the use of smartphones in the medical industry and detailed that “the common thread is that physicians in all specialties–especially more recent graduates–are relying more and more on modern technology to advance their concern to provide medical care more efficiently, cost effectively, and ‘creatively’ through digital instruments that are readily available. What this indicates in terms of future trends is that mobile device manufacturers and companies that supply mobile technologies are well aware of the growing market in the healthcare field for their products and services.”

As a leading supplier of phone charging stations, Veloxity has noticed a rise in the demand for charging products. The company has worked with organizations like Dignity Health, John’s Hopkins,

(list other non-event clients in the medical field) Read More

23 Jan

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Phone Charging Kiosks at Community Colleges

January 23, 2017 | By |

Today, almost half of all undergraduate students in the United States attend community college. A report from the Digest of Education Statistics shows that this amounts to just over 10 million students which is 42% of all undergraduate students. This makes two-year institutions an integral part of higher education.

Unlike the students that attend 4-year colleges and live on campus, most community college students commute. So while they’re spending time on campus, it’s important that community colleges are providing a way for these students to charge their phones. If you live 30-45 minutes away, it can be a major inconvenience to have your phone die without any charging solution.

The best community colleges are providing students with a charging solution, is yours?

Staying Competitive with Tech Amenities

Students are attending community colleges for a number of reasons, beyond the necessary preparation for 4-year schools. With the rising cost of tuition at colleges and universities, the cost of tuition at community colleges is very appealing. The financial advantage of a junior college can be extremely appealing–many costing less than $2,000 a semester for a full-time student. Community colleges, have to stay competitive with the on-campus amenities they offer. Technology on campus is arguably the most important among them.

A community college campus must provide amenities that cater to students who are commuting to campus and staying there for most of the day. Quiet rooms, lounges and on-campus restaurants are a good place to start, but in an age where most students own and use smart phones for just about everything throughout the day, cell phone charging stations are truly the ultimate amenity.

Higher education institutions everywhere are jumping on the phone charging kiosk bandwagon. Veloxity is a leading supplier for these products, and many institutions turn to us because we provide easy and high quality chargers. Students and faculty alike are using the cell phone chargers to give a quick boost to their cell phone battery in between classes.

One of the struggles of most community colleges is often the lack of involvement of the student body. This complacency outside of the lecture halls can be mitigated by campus amenities and reasons to stay on campus and stay involved. With most students traveling to campus without their cell phone chargers, you can give them a reason to remain on campus, fully charged and maybe even open to joining in. Having a secure place for students and faculty to charge their phones is also a good way to keep them safe. As community colleges are commuter based it is important to have a charged cell phone for their commute home.

What is your school doing to boost its technological amenities for students? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Industry Overview: Wireless Phone Charging

August 17, 2016 | By |

With over 70% of consumers experiencing anxiety from a low or dead phone battery, there has never been a greater need for new charging technologies. One of those is the promise of wireless charging, something that we have been hearing a lot about recently. But how far away is this technology from mass adoption and how much can we really expect from it?

To answer the above questions, we first need to look at what type of wireless charging we mean. Basically, there are three different types of wireless charging: close-range, mid-range, and long-range. Each of these technologies is at different levels of commercialization and development.

Close-Range

This type of charging has been around for several years now and has reached an excellent level of efficiency. The technology implements what is known as inductive charging, which essentially utilizes an electromagnetic field to transfer energy. The primary limitation here is that both devices (the charger and the device) must physically contact each other.

There are literally hundreds of consumer grade devices on the market that have excellent reviews. These devices vary in price but can be found for as low as $20. Car manufacturers like GMC, have taken advantage of this technology and implemented some of their newer vehicles.

Mid-Range

By utilizing the relatively new technology of resonant inductive coupling, several industry leaders are attempting to bring mid-range charging to the mass markets. The concept has been demonstrated many times in laboratory environments, but deployment of a viable commercial product is still in the future as phone manufacturers have yet to include the necessary receivers. It’s pretty much a chicken or the egg dilemma.

As of right now, several engineers from Kettering University in Michigan has demonstrated a device that can charge a device from up to 20 centimeters away.

Long-Range

When someone thinks wishfully about wireless charging, they usually think long-range. While it would be nice to be able to charge your device while standing up to 20 feet away from the charging station, such technology is still in the distant future. While mid-range standards are coming closer to being developed, long-range standards are barely even a thought since the base technology cannot be decided on.

Developers are currently considering a number of different options including infrared light, radio frequencies, as well as many others. However, no standard has even been roughly defined and such a product will likely not see the market until sometime next decade. Several engineers at MIT have recently demonstrated a product that claims to be a long distance charging solution. But at 30 centimeters, this hardly seems like the penultimate charging solution we are looking for.

Conclusion

The state of wireless charging has definitely improved over the last several years but it is still in its earliest stages. Many of the products currently available on the market are of decent quality, but the charging is slow and the devices can be finicky about placement.

In the next 12 to 24 months, we anticipate to see more wireless charging solutions of the mid-range type hitting the market but it won’t be a reality until phone manufacturers decide to include the receiving technology. As mid-range wireless charging develops, we expect to see an influx of new infrastructure such as wireless charging furniture.

It appears as though the charging cable will reign supreme for the near future as it remains the fastest and most efficient way to charge devices.