Energous has been granted FCC approval for the first wireless ‘power-at-a-distance’ transmitter

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When it comes to wireless charging, there are still a lot of limitations before a device can include this feature. For example, metal-encased devices are left in the dark because you’ll need a glass back in order to take advantage.

Energous WattUp Mid Field Transmitter

But what if we told you there was a technology on the way which will make it possible for you to wirelessly charge your device, without needing a charging pad. Enter Energous. The company made waves back in 2016 after receiving its FCC approval for the various wireless transmitters needed to actually make wireless charging possible.

Today, Energous announced that the company was granted its FCC approval for an all-new transmitter called the “WattUp Mid Field Transmitter”. What’s cool about this is that while you don’t need to rest your phone on a wireless charging pad, the transmitter will continue charging your device, provided that it is placed 3-feet away.

The company’s WattUp Mid Field transmitter can deliver power via radio frequency (RF) energy to WattUp-enabled electronic devices at a distance of up to three feet.

Energous also claims that it is the first and only company to “achieve Wireless Charging 2.0 to-date”. This means that Energous has provided the proper hardware to not only charge your device as it contacts the transmitter but also charge completely wirelessly.

Unfortunately, there has been no mention as to when this technology will hit the mass markets, so we’ll likely be waiting for some time. However, Energous will be at CES 2018, where the company will be hosting demonstrations of the WattUp technology to really give you a glimpse into a truly wireless future.

Let us know what you think about the idea of charging your smartphones without any wires, and if this is something that you would be interested in seeing. Personally, I think this is a great development, but my only concern comes regarding the actual charging speeds. There’s no way that this can compete with the likes of a wired charging method, but this is only the beginning of bigger things to come.

via Phandroid

December 27, 2017 at 11:04AM