The company is working on a tool called WattUp, which transmits power through the room of a powered station, so you charge your device through the wireless signals in the room. The company has already come up with Beam emissions that extend up to a meter from the powered station.
Using your gadgets while they are plugged in for powered is kind of a pain. You should either look for a power outlet near your bed, sofa, or chair (and then hope you have a long enough cord) or carry a power bank with you. But even this minor inconvenience can be a thing of the past. At this week’s CES 2019, Energous announced a new tool that allows you to charge your devices!
Vuzix’s Blade AR smart glasses have just won the CES Innovation Award for outstanding design and Engineering, so this will be a huge draw for the company.
At CES 2019, the company showed the small chips that have made air powered possible. The company also revealed the third parties that have agreed to integrate this technology into their devices, including:
- Vuzix Smart Glasses
- Audio amplifiers from Delight
- Prototype of a smartwatch
- FCC-certified, production-ready transmitter solution from IDT
- At-a-distance transmitter from Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile U.S.
- Asset tracking tags address accuracy, waiting and now battery life
- A wireless car remote control
- WattUp enabled spine tracker
- Headphones with wireless powered.
Currently, Energous implements wireless powered for small gadgets that require little power to work. However, Energetic CEO Steve Rizzone said that this type of powered is in high demand and will soon be available for smartphones and laptops around the end of 2020. Although he did not specify any brand collaborations, he also announced:
How does this technology work?
Air powered requires a transmitter that emits radio waves. These radio waves are received by built-in receivers on WattUp devices or gadgets that then convert the waves into DC current. It is this power that charges the device.
Energous isn’t the only company rolling out wireless powered. Companies like Ossia and Bellevue are also trying this out. The small 3mm by 3mm chip used in this technology can charge heavier and more distant devices.