"In the U.S., you're seeing smartphones [with wireless charging] taking off this quarter," Treffers said. "Europe will be a little later than the U.S."
In Japan, where the wireless charging market is more mature, several companies have put out combination products, where a single system can be used to charge a device while transferring data.
For example, TDK this week released a Bluetooth enabled speaker that also uses magnetic induction to power mobile phones while also playing music stored on them.
Treffers said automobile manufacturers can be expected to add wireless charging technology to cars.
"The automobile industry needs to start now because there's a long [development] lead time," Treffers said. "If you want wireless charging in your car this year, you would have had to have started production last year."
The Qi standard
The Wireless Power Consortium published the version 1.1 of the Qi open wireless charging standard in March, 2012.
Laptops and charging devices supporting the standard can charge mobile devices that are placed on, or near them using either magnetic induction or resonance charging.
According to WPC, there are 8.5 million Qi capable devices sold worldwide. The largest market for wireless charging is Japan, where it's almost impossible to purchase a mobile phone without the capability embedded in it, Treffers said.
Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney called the Qi standard "a strong, and sorely needed means for wireless charging."
Though several key vendors, including Apple and Samsung, have yet to announce support for the Qi Standard, Dulaney believes it already has the necessary backing to move forward.
According to Intel, an Ultrabook user could soon simply use WCT detection software on a PC to charge a nearby smartphone. Coupling takes place between the two devices and energy begins to seamlessly and wirelessly flow from the Ultrabook to the smartphone.
"Within an hour, you have recharged your smartphone sufficiently to make it through the afternoon. No more wires or chargers," Intel said.
The Qi specification is also aimed at technology used automotive systems to avoid interference with wireless systems like Bluetooth. The Qi standard also is expected to be adopted by wireless payment systems, combining powering and data transfer.
"The technology has improved to the point where it takes just about as long to charge your device wirelessly as it does with a cable," Dulaney said. "And combined with Bluetooth you really could see a day where you could give up the cables in your bag."