Powercast announces wireless charger2017-12-28 15:31 by Daniela
Powercast has announced it's just received FCC certification for a new long-range charger that delivers power via radio frequency from up to 80 feet away. The company will be demonstrating its technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
Creating a coverage area like Wi-Fi, a Powercast transmitter automatically charges enabled devices when within range. The transmitter uses the 915-MHz ISM band to send RF energy to a tiny Powercast receiver chip embedded in a device, which converts it to direct current (DC) to directly power or recharge that device's batteries.
The only catch is that the 3-watt PowerSpot transmitter is only designed to work with small, low-power gadgets.
"Others might be talking RF power possibilities, but we have consistently delivered far-field wireless power solutions that work, safely and responsibly, under FCC and other global standards providing power up to 80 feet," said Powercast Chief Operating Officer Charles Greene. "Our robust technology has capabilities beyond today's permitted standards, so our product releases will evolve as regulations do."
Powercast isn't the only company planning to show off wireless charging at a distance at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. San Jose-based startup, Energous, announced on Tuesday that it has received the first such FCC certification for power-at-a-distance wireless charging with its WattUp Mid Field transmitter.
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