FCC Clears Tech That Wirelessly Charges Your Phone in Midair


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That's what the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved on December 26, 2017 when they gave a power-at-a-distance wireless charging certification to a device called the WattUp Mid Field transmitter.

Energous says this is the first FCC certification of "power-at-a-distance wireless charging under Part 18 of the FCC's rules".

Wireless Charging provides a convenient, safe, and reliable way to charge and power millions of electrical devices at home, in the workplace and in industry.

The transmitter converts electricity into radio frequencies, then sends the converted energy to the nearby devices equipped with a corresponding receiver. Will wireless charging be able to surpass the charging prowess of power bricks?

WattUp supports Wireless Charging 2.0 and is similar to Wi-Fi in that the ecosystem supports interoperability between receivers and transmitters.

Credit: EnergousEnergous is the latest charging-at-a-distance company to throw its hat in the ring, but it has a significant leg up over its competitors: It's just become the first-ever technology of its kind to get FCC approval.

People would take advantage of the interoperability and use WhattUp devices the same way they use WiFi.

When device makers flaunt wireless charging support there is some charging pad or station involved on which the device needs to be placed.

There are no WattUp devices available to consumers yet, but Energous will be showing off the technology at CES in a couple of weeks. The technology will allow devices to be charged without requiring physical contact with a charging pad like most current wireless charging options require.

These ushers in a new era of wireless charging for devices like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, fitness trackers, earbuds, smart speakers and more.

Energous' promo video claims WattUp can charge multiple devices at once and can stop charging once devices are fully charged.