WattUp, an award-winning, wireless charging technology looks like it was ripped straight from the notes of Nikola Tesla. Still in final development by Energous Corporation, the technology works like a Wifi router. Instead of establishing a wireless connection to your modem, the WattUp transmitters use radio frequency to safely charge compatible devices within 15 feet (Near-field) or more. It all depends on which wire-free charging transmitter your using (Near, Mid, or Far-Field).
The technology is designed to be able to keep your devices topped off whenever they’re in range, whether you’re using them or not. Also, similar to Wifi technology, using a mobile app or cloud-based web portal you can manage which devices get charging priority. If that’s a little out of your wheelhouse, the software can automatically prioritize your devices based on usage and location patterns.
The possibilities are endless with this type of wireless charging technology, and home security systems will be getting the some of the best benefits. Drilling through walls and running wires through attics are already getting to be a thing of the past with many new smart-home security systems. The biggest issue that remains is how to keep the components of a wireless security system powered up and WattUp Charging technology is the answer of the future. With the technology able to be easily scaled, Wifi enabled video doorbells, motion sensors, and other peripherals can be placed with almost unlimited freedom. Other devices that will benefit greatly are tablets, cell phones, cameras, gaming controllers, and wearables (smartwatches, fitness trackers, and Bluetooth headsets.)
Earlier this year, Energous announced a very interesting adaption of the technology. Surprisingly, the first consumer WattUp-enabled products are SKIIN Smart Underwear made by Myant. Available on their website, SKIIN.com, the pack includes 4 pairs of underwear and all of the electronics to track and charge them. The module that houses the sensors has a 6-day battery life, but the package also includes the WattUp Near Field transmitter for wireless charging at-a-distance.