Wireless power and charging was once imagined up by TV creators and script writers for adventurous sci-fi films, but now it has been created and is in our homes thanks to induction charging. Based on the Qi standard, it’s still a tech that essentially requires contact, if not incredibly close proximity.
Wireless power for smartphones
If you’re going even more sci-fi crazy; Magnetic resonance is another means to achieve wireless power, and perfect for much higher-demand applications, like charging cars. However when it comes to charging our mobiles and iPods, for example, that can power your everyday devices in a way that doesn’t require thought or changing the way we use our devices dramatically there had been very little work done.
Wireless power is here now
That’s where Cota by Ossia comes in; a startup using the idea of physicist Hatem Zeine, who decided to focus on delivering wireless power in a way that was commercially viable, both for large-scale industrial applications and for consumer use. Zeine, had been refining this wireless technology for over a decade now, and has kept Ossia under wraps, managing to raise an impressive $3.2 million along the way while also keeping the startup almost completely invisible to the outside world.
WiFi spectrum wireless power demoed
Yesterday however he’s presented the first public demo of the Cota wireless charging prototype on-stage at Disrupt and revealing his company Ossia publicly for the first time. Even though no one had actually ever heard of the startup it was very impressive; the prototype in its current form already managed to deliver power wirelessly to devices over distances of around 10 feet, delivering around 10 percent of the total original source power to recipient devices using the same unlicensed spectrum that powers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and other wireless communication standards.
Coming to the consumer market in 2015
However it is still in it Prototype form and it might be awhile until we see this available to buy in stores, but that could mean room for improvement and even longer distances between the device and your phone when charging.