I’ve dreamed of getting rid of all the wires in my life for as long as I can remember and the idea of Telectricity came to me. I registered the .com version (www.Telectricity.com) as soon as I thought of it. Now it seems that this could become a reality. Here are a few of the companies making inroads:
Ossia’s Cota system works very similarly to WiFi, except instead of sending data, they send power. The Cota Power Receiver, embedded into any device initiates the ‘conversation’ by sending a beacon signal to find a Cota Power Transmitter. The transmitter then sends power back in the same exact paths. This ‘conversation’ between device and transmitter happens 100x/second, to send power safely to devices at a distance while in motion. The system is designed to bounce energy off of walls and objects while avoiding any people / pets in a room.
Energous Corporation is the developer of WattUp® – an award-winning, wire-free charging technology that will transform the way consumers and industries charge and power electronic devices at home, in the office, in the car and beyond. WattUp differs from older wireless charging systems in that it delivers power at a distance, to multiple devices – thus resulting in a wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices.
Behaving like Wi-Fi where enabled devices automatically charge when within range of a transmitter, Powercast’s contactless charging technology provides over-the-air power at a distance to multiple devices – no wires, charging mats or direct line of sight needed. Their team spent several years refining its wireless charging technology which transmits a radio frequency (RF) whose energy can be “harvested” to power devices embedded with a small receivers.
All of these technologies are interesting. I like how Ossia’s Cota system explained their safety feature of bouncing off walls and objects because safety of the technology was always something I wondered about. This seems pretty cool to me. The featured image at the top of this page is from a demonstration video on their site (scroll down on the linked page).