HUGE: True Over-The-Air "Wireless" Charging Gets First FCC Certification

The concept of charging your mobile devices is about to change now as the Federal Communications Commission (in United States) has approved the first wireless charger that can charge devices up to around 3 feet away. Energous, a San Jose-based startup today announced that it received approval from FCC for its 'Power-at-a-Distance' wireless charging mechanism. We aren't talking about having to sit your smartphone or other device down on a pad to charge them without having to fiddle with wires; that has been available for many years now.

You can charge your Samsung phone even if the transmitter is manufactured by Apple or Sony, What else any company can do for you? This wireless charging tech routes power to different devices nearly magically.

It's all rather jargon-y and not terribly interesting to the average consumer, but the bottom line is this: the company probably did not go through all the trouble of getting FCC approval if it doesn't intend to bring the product to market within a reasonable interval. At last check, Energous shares soared 75% to $15.50 after hours.

Ever wish you could charge your gadgets wirelessly - and we mean truly wirelessly, not by placing them on a charging surface?

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In a major step forward for charging technology, the FCC has certified the first at-a-distance wireless charging system.

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.

The product that Energous is going to be showcasing in the future is called WattUP and will not require you to place your device in a static position. So a user can use them and charge them simultaneously. The ecosystem is also manufacturer-agnostic; which means that the transmitter will charge any compatible device.

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. WattUp is also capable of charging multiple devices at once.

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