FCC gives first approval for wireless charging at-a-distance; WattUp works up to 3 feet away
by Alan Friedman / Dec 26, 2017, 9:04 PM
The FCC has approved a new type of wireless charging system for the first time. Unlike other wireless charging systems, this will power up batteries as far as 3-feet away. A company named Energous, developer of the WattUp wireless charging at-a-distance technology, has received FCC approval for its transmitter. The latter is used to send focused RF-based power to devices as far as 3-feet away. This ushers in a new era of wireless charging for devices like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, fitness trackers, earbuds, smart speakers and more.
Energous says that its product is the only one that can deliver both contact and non contact wireless charging. It can also charge multiple devices, and will keep on working on each device within range until the battery powering a particular unit is topped off. The WattUp ecosystem allows receivers and transmitters made by different manufacturers to work together.
Eventually, device users will be able to walk into a room with the WattUp technology setup, and have their devices charged automatically without having to remove a phone from their pocket, or a smartphone from their wrist. All that is required is for the device to be within 3-feet of the transmitter.
Energous will be displaying WattUP next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which runs from January 9th through the 12th.
source: Energous via Engadget
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3 feet away? I though iPhone 7 already have that featurehttps://www.phonearena.com/new
posted on Dec 26, 2017, 9:16 PM 10
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Did you even read this part of the article "The report doesn't mention how this would work or at what distance charging would be possible, but does say that the decision hasn't yet been made whether the technology would be included in the new iPhone or not."
posted on Dec 26, 2017, 9:39 PM 0
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Interested to hear the frequencies this will run at. Even at the lower to mid ranges of radio frequencies there has been studies shown indicating heating of human tissue on short term exposure as well as effecting nerves. I will let others test this one out.
posted on Dec 27, 2017, 8:20 AM 1
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I really don't know if this is something we should be all excited for as the health consequences might be really unknown. During the 60 and 70 a lot of excitement was around asbestos as the leading product to protect almost anything from high heat thus a lot of of applications for it were used. One very popular application was break pads for automobiles ( but it was also used in homes for insulation and shingles). Needless to say that America experience high cancer rates during those periods into the 80's when it was discovered that asbestos was a deadly carcinogen when people are exposed to fine dust like particles of it. Yep, all the brake dust on cars roads highways and in the air. Auto Mechanics handling all those brake pads Homes owners / contractors that had to install or remove asbestos shingles and insulation by hand. Not raining on the Parade but this really needs to be studied for years as none of us want to walk into airports or parks or have our children in schools that employ hundreds of these things to be able to supply continuous power mobile devices. None of us want our children.spouses or ourselves to pay that heavy a price . I work in tech and I am concern about what all the wireless RF maybe doing to all of us already. So yeah not ready to jump for joy on this one yet. However, that's my opinion what do you guys think?
posted on Dec 27, 2017, 3:54 PM 0
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