Remember that anxious feeling in your gut when the ‘20% battery’ sign pops up on your smartphone? What if we told you that in the near future you would never have to worry about charging your smart devices?
Energous, Nikola Labs and quite a few other tech companies have figured out how to do this successfully.
This is how it works: Special antenna focus cellular and Wi-Fi signals into a pocket of low-powered energy around the back of your phone. A receiver on your phone then converts that radio wave energy into DC power that can charge the battery.
So essentially your smartphone will literally be pulling energy right out of the air. This is a massive game changer especially if you’re a telecommuter and like to work remotely and on the go.
Energous, with its WattUp™ technology, plans on releasing wireless chargers and phone cases in late 2016 that will let you charge your phone at a distance of up to 20 feet.
Nikola Labs, with its battery-extending smartphone case, harnesses and recycles the unused energy your phone creates by searching for cell towers and Wi-Fi routers.
It is predicted that in the not too distant future, transmitters could be deployed in Wi-Fi routers themselves and receivers could be universally built into devices.
According to David Goldman, universal wireless charging wouldn’t only impact phones. “Imagine toys with ‘batteries not required’ labels. And the impact universal wireless charging could have on the wearables market could be game-changing.”
Imagine not having to ever choose to sit and work in a space where there’s an electrical wall socket and worry about our smart devices for work charging down. (image via shutterstock)