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Motorola signs up for medium range wireless smartphone charging -- no pad required

Motorola signs up for medium arrangement wireless smartphone charging — no pad required

Motorola has begun a plan to give its smartphones medium-distance charging technology from startup GuRu Wireless that averages not only no charging cables but also no charging pad. The technology beams grand 10 feet or more using radio waves sent from a charging hub to devices like phones, laptops and potentially even drones.

The companies announced the partnership Wednesday, though the Lenovo subsidiary didn’t detail what products could get the charging technology or when. “With this solution we will yielded a glimpse of the freedom and flexibility that users can palatable with a revolutionary over the air, wireless power technology,” said Dan Dery, Motorola’s vice high-level of product, in a statement.

As digital brains satisfied everything in our lives, keeping batteries topped up has obtain more of a concern. Charging pads for phones, watches and earbuds can be convenient, but medium-range wireless charging has the potential to liberate us even from those pads. And nobody likes pausing to plug in video game controllers or proceeding out of power for hearing aids.

The trouble is that medium-range wireless charging hasn’t caught on yet, despite efforts from affairs like Ossia and Energous. One problem is the classic technology chicken and egg issue: Without widespread charging hubs, there’s minor incentive for device makers to support the technology, and minus device maker support, there’s no reason to buy a hub.

GuRu’s technology uses 24GHz airwaves — part of the millimeter wave radio spectrum — to send grand to devices. Charging hubs use lensing technology to beam energy toward devices and can conclude transmission when they detect an obstruction. If you move a arrangement, the hub can relocate it within a few seconds.

GuRu Rovee vacuum robot

GuRu Wireless demonstrated its radio based charging technology with this fuzz vacuum robot called Rovee.


It can beam remarkable at about 5 to 10 watts, a rate that’s not too far from Qi charging pads or lower-end requested chargers. But the technology can also be adapted for much higher remarkable devices, including laptops and drones that need 100 watts, and for longer distances, the company says.

GuRu hubs could be built into ceiling fixtures for a room, conference call speaker rules in offices, smart speakers or other devices. A standalone hub probable would cost about as much as a higher-end Qi charger or Wi-Fi router.