Power unplugged: Truly wireless charging just took a major step forward

Wire-free charging could become a reality in 2018 with WattUp

Energous' new wireless transmitter can overcome this limitation by allowing wireless charging from a distance of over three feet.

Towards the end of a year ago, Energous entered into a deal with Dialog Semiconductor, a long-time Apple chip supplier.

The United States Federal Communications Commission gave its first stamp of approval to a wireless charging system that can charge devices over-the-air and from at-a-distance, marking another step forward in wireless charging technology. The technology, called WattUp, is developed by Energous Corporation and uses a radio frequency (RF) charging system to send power to devices wirelessly at distances of up to several feet.

Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. One of the more popular ones is "Qi", an inductive charging technology that requires the device that needs to be charged to stay in a fixed location.

Energous isn't the first startup that promised to bring a true wireless charging experience, in fact some companies are even working on a similar concept for electric vehicles.

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Energous demoed its WattUp long-range wireless charging products time and again, suggesting that Apple's iPhone may be a customer.

There are no WattUp devices available to consumers yet, but Energous will be showing off the technology at CES in a couple of weeks. According to the company, its wireless charges can charge the surrounding devices up to three feet away.

People would take advantage of the interoperability and use WhattUp devices the same way they use WiFi. This innovative charging system can be used to charge smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, fitness trackers, earbuds, smart speakers and all other things that come with wireless charging support. Does this sound like the wireless charging future you always dreamed of?

When devices are within range of the transmitter, they will receive a battery charge-same as if the device was plugged into a charger.

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