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Infrared light solution offers wireless charging alternative

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By eeNews Europe

The technology, claims to offer smart home and mobile devices a source of unlimited and safe power, carries power by an infrared light beam from one point to another using Wi-Charge’s proprietary technology. At the receiving end, the light energy is transferred to usable electrical power using a high-efficiency photovoltaic cell. The transmitter locates devices having Wi-Charge receivers in the room and charges them as needed.

Wi-Charge technology differs from magnetic induction/resonance charging technologies in two ways.

1. Coverage area – magnetic induction is limited to very short range, which limits its usability to ‘charging pad’ applications. Wi-Charge technology enables wireless power transmission over a range of up to 10 meters (30 feet) within line of sight which enables an entire room to be covered by a single transmitter, and requires no action on part of the users.

2. EMI and RF radiation – Unlike other technologies, the Wi-Charge technology does not emit RF radiation and is completely EMI-free.

Wi-Charge is capable of powering multiple devices at any given time and can prioritize devices by their battery level or other customized scheme.

Currently, each client device needs a Wi-Charge receiver component. Initially the receiver will be an aftermarket accessory but over time the receivers will be pre-integrated into the mobile and smart devices.


“We promise to offer unlimited battery life for all things wireless. Our light based technology allows us to bring automatic, wi-fi like charging capabilities, to power the devices that people use on a daily basis,” said Victor Vaisleib, CEO of Wi-Charge. “With the coming flood of smart home and mobile devices, ample and pervasive power will be necessary. Wi-Charge offers a complete, safe and easy to implement solution to this requirement.”

Wi-Charge products will be available within the first half of 2016. The company has developed a wireless power receiver that can be integrated into smart home devices such as IP-cameras and smart sensors, as well as a paired wireless power transmitter that users can simply install by plugging it into a regular electrical socket. The mobile phone product in the works will consist of a user-installed power transmitter (which will be as easy to install as replacing a light bulb), and a matching receiver such as a phone case sleeve.

Related articles and links:

www.wi-charge.com

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