Energous Corporation gets FCC approval for gadget that charges smartphones from 3 feet away

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Coffee shops and other restaurants could build the technology into their tables which might encourage people to shop there.

Android phones have had wireless charging capabilities for a number of years now and the iPhone just received it this year. But the wireless charging we use now is very different from what Energous Corporation is doing. Energous Corporation wants you to not only be free of wires but also be free of wireless charging pads. Ditching the wires and pads would allow users to continue to use their devices while they charge. The FCC approved the new device from Energous Corporation that allows smartphones to be charged from 3 feet away.

The new device, named WattUp, uses radio frequencies to transmit power to your device. The good news is the tech works with more than just smartphones. Fitness bands, tablets, watches, and more can also utilize the technology.

Stephen Rizzone, president and CEO of Energous, told the website that the approval will increase his device’s popularity.

“Older wireless charging technologies have received limited adoption over the past 15 years, and are confined to contact-based charging only. The FCC certification of Energous’ power-at-a-distance wireless charging transmitter is a major market milestone,” Rizzone said in a statement.

“Untethered, wire-free charging — such as charging a fitness band even while wearing it — is exactly what consumers have been waiting for.”

The company has been hard at work throughout 2017 on this tech and it’s encouraging to see the FCC give its approvals. This comes just as we’re heading into CES2018 so it is possible that we could see some products from the company at the show. For more details and technical specifications on how Energous’s technology works, be sure to check out their website. This is certainly a great start to true wireless charging and we hope the company can extend the range of the product.

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  Source: New York Post
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