Wi-Charge Powers Up Mobile Devices Through the Air

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In a first of a kind device that will help us get rid of the tangle of cords:  an Israeli company company called Wi-Charge says it can power up mobile devices through the air. Another Israeli company Powermat (now used by Duracell and GM) uses a conducting mat to replace these wires, and in effect the company is also working to charge electric cars, but Wi-Charge is somewhat different. It needs no mat and can follow you around the room, like WiFi.

A power “transmitter” is suspended from a high point in the room and this is connected to an existing electrical outlet. The Wi-Charge transmitter then generates a narrow beam of infrared light which hits a photovoltaic (light) receiver installed on a mobile device, like your wireless home speakers (yay!) or a cellular phone.

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The receiver then converts the light energy into electric energy.

Even if you walk around the boardroom or are pacing the kitchen the Wi-Charge beam will follow. See it working in a restaurant setting below.

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Wi-Charge is being developed by Israeli entrepreneur Victor Vaisleib and scientist Ortal Alpert, and they are funded by some well-knowns in the VC market including Terra Ventures Partners operating in the clean tech sphere.

For those worried about coming into contact with the  “power” beam, the technology is not harmful to people staying in the room, the developers say, and the beam stops transmitting anyway if any object comes between the receiver-seeking Wi-Charge beam and the transmitter.

About Karin Kloosterman

Karin Kloosterman is an award-winning journalist and publisher that founded Green Prophet to change the world. She does not wear rose-colored glasses, but has shown through her work that positive, inspiring dialogue creates action that impacts people, business and planet.She has published in thought-leading newspapers and magazines globally, and has also founded flux (www.fluxiot.com), a technology company to help people everywhere grow hyper-local, sustainable food. Through flux, she is the managing director of Mars Farm Odyssey (www.marsfarm.org), a global impact network to grow food in space and on earth.Reach out directly to [email protected]

5 thoughts on “Wi-Charge Powers Up Mobile Devices Through the Air”

  1. Axel Flores says:

    Would like in request a quote when the device is available.

    Thanks,

    Axel Flores
    Banquet Director
    Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

  2. Pablo says:

    Interesting, let me know when commercially available.

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