Wireless charging specialist Powermat Technologies has appointed Thorsten Heins as its new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board.
Mr Heins was CEO and President of BlackBerry before leaving the company when it reorganised a year ago.
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have signed an agreement aimed at enabling these wireless power standards to work with each other.
PMA has previously focussed on inductive wireless charging technology, with installations in some Starbucks and McDonald’s stores, while A4WP - which uses the Rezence brand - has developed a magnetic resonance technical specification.
The Power Matters Alliance, which is committed to developing an open standard for smart wireless power, has announced that HTC, LG and Samsung have joined as members.
All three manufacturers have also used the rival Qi wireless charging technology in their devices.
Qualcomm and Duracell have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to explore the possibility of working together. Their aim is to develop an industry alliance for wireless power solutions in the consumer electronics industry. Qualcomm has also signed a similar non-binding LOI with charging mat company Powermat.