On December 26, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certified the first remote charger. Its full name is WattUP Mid Field Transmitter.
WattUP is developed by the start-up Energous (San Jose). It uses radio frequencies to charge mobile devices at a distance of 1 m, which exceeds the length of the cord of a conventional wired charger. The transmitter converts electricity into radio frequencies, which are then transmitted to devices that have an appropriate receiver.
Energous is not the first startup to develop wireless chargers. A number of companies are working on the creation of such systems for electric vehicles. However, Energous is the first to be certified by the FCC.
WattUP can charge several devices – phones, tablets and other “smart” gadgets, provided they have receivers.