WiBotic in Seattle has received equipment authorization from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US for its 300W high power wireless charging system.
This is the first system to receive FCC approval for use in mobile robots, drones, and other devices with larger batteries. “We are very excited about this, it has been long time coming in the technical development – these are challenging milestones to hit,” said Ben Waters, CEO of WiBotic.
“300W is a power level that for a mobile robot or drone that has a battery allows a relatively fast charging time. This comes down to the size of the battery but for small to mid sized roots it gives a charge time of a couple of hours. This where the rest of Wibotics comes into play as one of our biggest advantages is to allow the device to charge more frequently through the day but at shorter intervals. The 300W system allows companies to exploit these advantages,” he said.
The latest projects include autonomous robots with UV LED arrays for sterilising rooms during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have been commercialising several different products that solve the problem of mobile charging for industrial automation equipment in general,” he said. “These products are higher power products than the 100W systems and one of the unique thing si while there is wireless power transfer we also included a fully fledged programmable battery charger so any robotic company who is using the technology can charge different types of battery.
A variety of different elements are covered within the FCC approval, not just the radio transmitters and receivers but measuring the emissions when not operating as well as the human safety, heating, EMI and conducted emissions. While there are standards for smartphone wireless charging and higher power free space charging, Wibiotics had to work closely with a