This announcement just broke this morning as the San Jose based startup broke the news of their approval certificate for its WattUp Mid Field transmitter.
Their system converts electrical power into radio waves, which is then beamed to devices with a compatible receiver.
According to an FCC approval, a product from Energous will be able to deliver charge to your devices ranging from phones, wearables, tablets and so much more (this will be possible if they also come equipped with wireless charging circuits like numerous phones you see right now). So be it smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, earbuds or whatever, those can all get charged up so long as they are fitted with the corresponding receiver.
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The FCC recently approved a new wireless charging system called WattUp from Energous, and its goal is to make it so you never have to think about charging your phone ever again.
It's been a while since we last heard anything about Energous. The tech is the only product out there that can do both contact-based and non-contact based wireless charging. The FCC approval does overcome the last legal hurdle to WattUp's adoption but that doesn't immediately translate to actual products using it. Energous may have missed its chance with the iPhone 8, which was initially rumored to support the technology.
Inductive charging or wireless charging uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects through electromagnetic induction. The technology can also be used to charge devices via contact, similar the more familiar Qi charging pads available now. It's a big leap for the electronics industry to include wireless charging in most common mobile devices, smart appliances, and other gadgets.
Energous does not have any WattUp devices ready to ship yet but does plan to show off the technology at CES 2018 in 2 weeks. The idea is that a whole system can charge different devices simultaneously as long as within range.