Apple dominated the tech news last week with three new iPhones. One of the major changes: the new devices can also be wirelessly charged. Finally! At the Eindhoven company ZENS, known from the wireless chargers, a small celebration is in place.
Since 2011, ZENS has been targeting wireless charging of mobile devices. And not without success, but one question remained, says co-founder Johan Plasmans: “Can I charge my iPhone too?” Uhm, no. Because, unlike various Android phones, Apple did not carry Qi into its devices.
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Qi (Chinese for energy) is an international standard for wireless charging. Well, ZENS developed a case that fits your iPhone and makes your phone finction on the wireless charger. But this could hardly be called efficient.
Soon, that standard will be integrated into the iPhone. Great for the consumer products that ZENS sells, like wireless car chargers either in the car or in your bag. This Apple dominated tech week, four new models were released in this category.
ZENS wireless charger for in a handbag
But the Apple News this week also means a breakthrough for the products that ZENS develops for companies. These are, for example, office furniture that is made with Ahrend and incorporates wireless charging stations. But also for McDonald’s offices at home and abroad, ZENS ensures that you can charge your phone while eating your hamburger.
ZENS is in a huge market with opportunities. At the same time, many companies say: “We’re still waiting for what Apple does”, says Plasmans. Now that the US technology company chooses Qi technology, ZENS expects an increase in sales.
The company, founded by brothers Erik and Johan Plasmans, focuses on the global market, but often starts local: the collaboration with Ahrend from Sint-Oedenrode or the Starbucks branch at the Eindhoven High Tech Campus. And the most recent example: the brand new NH hotel on the Vestdijk in Eindhoven. In the bar and also in the bedside tables ZENS charging points have been processed. So no need for stress even if your charger turns out to be failing in your suitcase.
(Main picture: Erik Plasmans receives E52’s first Gerard & Anton Award)
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