1Q 2019

The Smart Home as a Test Bed for the Wireless Charging Industry

The concept of wireless charging has existed since the 1890s. This technology has largely been used for simple applications at very close ranges, such as powering electric toothbrushes. Wireless charging has gained greater traction recently due to the commitment of smartphone brands like Apple and Samsung to support wireless charging through mats. Advanced wireless charging technologies are emerging that enable longer ranges, up to 30 feet, with increased mobility. This longer-range wireless charging could have significant impact on the smart home market, beyond reducing the need for electric wires. With buy-in from device manufacturers, wireless charging has the potential to become as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi.

If longer-range wireless charging gains a foothold, it is likely to affect the adoption of new sensors to increase awareness about occurrences in the home, ease installation for new do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions, mitigate energy efficiency issues around standby power, and help impaired consumers keep devices charged more easily. This market faces significant challenges, however. Regulations, health and safety, consumer sentiment, and technology development will be crucial as wireless charging expands to gain and keep popularity. Navigant Research expects a strong future for wireless charging in the smart home.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the use of wireless charging in smart homes. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including regulatory approval, infrastructure, consumer concerns, and cost and flexibility. Various wireless charging standards and other market obstacles are discussed. The report provides recommendations for unlocking the potential of this technology.
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Tables | Charts | Figures 4
  • What is wireless charging?
  • What types of wireless charging exist in the smart home?
  • What are the different smart home applications wireless charging can be used for?
  • What are wireless charging market drivers and barriers?
  • What are emerging market trends?
  • What are the regulations around wireless charging?
  • What does Navigant Research recommend for players involved in this market?
  • Wireless charging technology vendors
  • Smart home device manufacturers
  • Regulators
  • Standard associations
  • Service providers
  • Energy suppliers
  • Smart home and home automation platform vendors
  • Investor community




Wireless Charging Is Rapidly Expanding into the Smart Home

Where Is Wireless Charging Today?

The Future: Long-Range Wireless Charging

Wireless Charging Is Expected to Play Pivotal Role, But It Is Important to Be Realistic

What Is Holding Back This Market?

Regulatory Approval Is a Key Hurdle for Long-Range Wireless Charging

Transmitters and Receivers: Chicken or Egg

Consumers Are Concerned About This Technology’s Effect on Health

A Myriad of Standards Can Lead to a Lack of Interoperability

This Technology Is Still Developing

The Tradeoff Between Cost and Flexibility of Movement

Stakeholders Must Prepare for This Technology Revolution

Technology Vendors Must Push Wireless Charging Technology Forward

Device Manufacturers Need Strong Strategies for Emerging Wireless Charging Technologies

Regulators Need to Develop Requirements with Health and Safety in Mind

Standards Organizations Must Promote Interoperability through a Single Protocol

Smart Home Should Consider All of the Above

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