FCC approves WattUp wireless charging tech that boasts 3-foot range

FCC approves first 'power-at-a-distance' wireless charging device

At last check, Energous shares soared 75% to $15.50 after hours.

As Liliputing reports, the transmitter just received FCC certification and promises to wirelessly charge multiple devices from up to three feet away. This gives the truly wireless charging experience and works differently from how Qi wireless charging systems work.

Talking of its technology, Energous stated that the transmitter converts the electricity in radio frequencies, and then directs the energy to the surrounding devices, which are fitted with a corresponding receiver. The company has provided no details as to when to expect the wireless charging technology to be commercially available.

This specific system is manufactured similarly to that of normal Wifi which means the transmitter is no way linked to the functioning of the charging system.

With many more smart devices expected to launch with wireless charging support from next year, it may become the new standard for charging smartphones and smartwatches soon.

Such is San Jose-based startup, Energous's promise, and according to the FCC, who just certified their solution, they can indeed deliver, and safely too.

Wireless charging technology has made small steps into the consumer market in recent years, but all the current offerings still require the device to be touching the charger. It's a big leap for the electronics industry to include wireless charging in most common mobile devices, smart appliances, and other gadgets.

When device makers flaunt wireless charging support there is some charging pad or station involved on which the device needs to be placed.

Energous aims to demonstrate its power-at-a-distance technology at CES 2018 next month, so Tom's Guide will get a chance to see firsthand how it works. Energous is hoping to relax the rules of wireless charging with the WattUp Mid Field transmitter. WattUp can charge multiple devices at the same time by using an app which manages connected devices to the charger.

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