Powermat has developed an NFC-enabled antenna for mobile phones that supports both contactless applications and wireless charging, according to Forbes.
Powermat Chief Executive Ran Poliakine says the new antenna will allow a given user to tap and pay for goods at the store, then charge their mobile phone in the car on the way home by placing it on a Powermat wireless charging console.
In January, Powermat entered into a partnership with wireless telecom giant Qualcomm, who will introduce Powermat’s technology, including its NFC antenna, to its many mobile industry partners, according to Forbes.
Poliakine says that Powermat will offer the device in the U.S. as well as in places like Japan that support NFC nationwide. The first U.S. device featuring a built-in Powermat charger is expected to ship before the end of the year, and will most likely be a high-end smart phone on a major carrier, says Forbes.
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