Long-distance wireless charging could power your smart home

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Archos plans to release a security cam that, thanks to the Ossia long-range wireless power, has no wires.

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After years of promise, hype and development, technology that can charge devices from across rooms or through walls is coming to the market.

or And energetic, both proponents of nascent technology used CES 2022 to show off new products that will keep security cameras, smart doorbells, hearing aids and similar products continuously charging while you remove the cable or charging pad.

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Kota, the wireless charging technology developed by Ossia, will start appearing in the products of the French electronics maker archos Later this year, Doug Stovall, chief executive of Oceania, said in an interview from the CES show floor in Las Vegas this week. Products sporting the Cota will include a fully wireless security camera, an air monitoring sensor, and a pet tracker, which is set to hit stores this year. Archos is yet to reveal the prices.

Stovall indicated that another Ossia partner – “think of the big furniture companies based in Scandinavia” – is working on the commercialization of its Kota Power Table, which uses Ossia to beam power from the ceiling to a traditional phone-charging pad. uses technology. The table can be useful in businesses such as coffee shops, allowing customers to power up without having to plug in.

Energous showcased a range of devices that use its WattUp charging technology, which also spills juices into a room. products include yeartechnic hearing aids, Gokhale Asana Tracker medical monitor and Williot Smart Tracking Tag, Energous did not disclose prices and availability.

The rollout of products using Ossia’s and Energous’ technologies highlights the maturity of charging systems that do not require a physical connection to a power source. Long-range wireless charging technologies, such as Kota and Wattup, send beams of radio energy to devices that require modest amounts of power and that are within several feet of the transmitter. Even though it’s not powerful enough to juice up a laptop or TV, the technology has the potential to make it easier to charge a growing number of low-power smart home and Internet of Things devices in homes, offices, shops and factories.

“If you have smart locks, Ring-style doors, and other cameras for security or baby monitors, that starts to add up,” Stovall said. “All of a sudden you have to worry about how you keep these devices alive.”

Ossia and Energous technologies locate devices and establish direct connections for higher power and greater efficiency. Oceania also offers software that controls which devices are allowed to charge, so customers don’t have to worry about neighbors poaching their radio waves.

another company, powercast, is using Radio energy to power in-store electronic price labels She Autonomous, corridor-roaming robots built by Badger Technologies You can read to monitor stock levels. PowerCast also has consumer products in mind, as evidenced by University of Arizona researchers building PowerCast-enabled medical sensors, which were showcased at CES.

Unlike short range wireless charging, which uses the Qi standard and requires devices to be on a charging pad, long range wireless is still a battle between proprietary technologies. Apart from Ossia, Powercast and Energous, start-ups master wireless There is also a claimant. Short range charging honestly worked only after it settled on an industry standard.

One barrier to achieving long-distance charging in homes and businesses is cost. Charging transmitters, which beam power to devices, run between $200 and $300 for Ossia’s technology. Oceania’s receiving antennas and electronics, which combine support for devices with technology, add up to between $1 and $8 depending on power ratings and other factors. (Some of that cost is offset by eliminating traditional power electronics.)

There is also a size tradeoff. Miniaturization is good, but larger transmitting and receiving antennas can beam more power. Works on devices as small as a Cota AA battery.

Oceania’s initial charging transmitter is a panel of approximately 2 feet square (60 cm) that fits into a ceiling panel. At CES, Ossia showcased two smaller panels under development, one 40 by 40 cm and the other 30 by 30 cm. The smaller model can plug directly into a wall outlet or fit into a smart speaker, but the smaller size has a shorter range.

Different varieties of long distance wireless charging are also coming. start up Witricity Electric-automakers are expected to adopt its wireless charging technology, transforming parking lots, docks and even roadways into power sources. At CES, Samsung announces a TV remote control that charges ambient radio waves, an example of a technique called energy harvesting.

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