Open Dots™: The name for a wire-free power technology that uses small dots (electrical contact points) on your electronic device to get power when set on surfaces so designed. The technology specification is “open”, meaning that Open Dots Alliance members can access design information and obtain ODA certification.

Open Dots™ Compatibility Logo: A logo that indicates that a product is guaranteed to be compatible with all other Open Dots™ products. If a retailer displays this logo, it means that the retailer will not sell counterfeit or deleterious Open Dots™ products.


Deleterious Conductive Products: Because Open Dots™-compliant devices can be placed anywhere, they can also be placed on surfaces that are not compliant with the Open Dots™ standard. Similarly, devices based on a non-Open Dots™ conductive wire-free power technology could be placed on an Open Dots™-compliant surface. Deleterious Conductive Products are those non-Open Dots™-compliant products that may cause damage to themselves or Open Dots™ products.

Counterfeit Conductive Products: Products that resemble and obtain power in a manner similar to the Open Dots™ standard, but that are not designed per the Open Dots™ standard or have not been properly certified for compatibility are considered Counterfeit Conductive Products. These products may not work properly with other Open Dots™ products, and/or may damage themselves or the Open Dots™ product they are operated with.

Open Dots™ Standard: A set of specifications and guidelines that define the electrical, mechanical, and functional requirements of products employing Open Dots™ wire-free power technology. This open standard is published and maintained by the Open Dots™ Alliance to ensure that all products that use it will work seamlessly with one another.

Open Dots™-Compliant Surface: A surface designed to provide wire-free power to devices as per the Open Dots™ standard and displaying the official Open Dots™ Compatibility Logo.

Open Dots™-Compliant Device: A device designed to obtain wire-free power from surfaces as per the Open Dots™ standard and displaying the official Open Dots™ Compatibility Logo.

Open Dots™-Compliant Products: Any Open Dots™-compliant surface or device displaying the Open Dots™ Compatibility Logo.

Open Dots™ Products: See Open Dots™-Compliant Products (above).

Open Dots™ Alliance Membership: A member of a voluntary group of industry partners with the shared goal of fostering an open, wire-free power technology for widespread use. Alliance members are encouraged to adhere to the Open Dots™ specification, and are committed to discouraging counterfeit or deleterious conductive products from appearing on the market. The alliance is structured so that the industry organically self-regulates, providing only true Open Dots™ compatible products that can be trusted to deliver a consistent and reliable customer experience across all brands. There are no fees or dues to become a member of the alliance, and there are no penalties for leaving. Prospective members must submit an application and be approved for membership.

Open Dots™ Alliance: A non-profit 501(C)(6) organization formed to manage and disseminate the Open Dots™ standard and all pertinent information regarding it. The Open Dots™ Alliance exists in order to promote and publish a single standard allowing compatibility between many diverse products from many manufacturers. The Open Dots™ Alliance obtains its funding through sponsors.

Conductive Wire-free power: Methods of transferring power from a pad to a device that involve the flow of electricity via direct electrical contact. This is the principle behind the Open Dots™ standard. This method can be very inexpensive, highly efficient, and inherently safe because it does not employ electromagnetic fields with their unknown biological effects.

Inductive Wire-free power: Methods of transferring power from a transmitter to a receiver using the principle of electromagnetic induction. That is, the principle that a changing electromagnetic field will cause a current to appear in a nearby loop of wire. The transmitter in an inductive wire-free power system generates an electromagnetic field that causes currents to flow in a nearby coil, for example, in a cell phone case. This approach is more expensive, more complex, and less efficient than conductive wire-free power. In addition the electromagnetic fields used in these systems have not been proven to be safe for biological organisms.