CEO of Energous that specializiruetsya on the creation of wireless charging with a large radius of action, hinted at a collaboration with Apple. In an interview with The Verge, he said that the technology will be released to the mass market within 2017.
On a question of journalists on the partnership with the smartphone manufacturers head Energous Steve Rizzon said: “This is one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers. I can’t tell you his name, but I can guarantee that you have personally products this company on your office Desk or at home.”
The innovative system of charging devices within a radius of several meters was introduced in 2014. Evidence that the Energous technology will find application in future iPhone appeared last year. In particular, in December, insiders reported that the startup has signed a cooperation agreement with Dialog Semiconductor, which for a long time supplying chips for Apple. This fueled rumors about the possible use of technology Energous WattUp or derived from it in the future iPhone.
In January of last year, Energous has signed a collaboration agreement with a major supplier of Apple — company Foxconn, with the aim of assessing the WattUp technology and its potential use in future products. This is another confirmation of possible agreements with Apple.
WattUp technology, Energous created by experts, uses radio-wave energy transfer. At the same time use the same frequency bands in which Wi-Fi. To the required transmitter and the device receiver must be equipped with a receiver. The system enables wireless transfer of energy within a radius of 5 meters from the transmitter.
An important advantage of this technology over other methods WattUp wireless charging is complete freedom of movement of the user with rechargeable device. The owner of the gadget do not have to be in a certain place in the room or to hold the device in the immediate vicinity of the transmitter. Thus, charging is carried out completely unnoticed that not only eliminates the wires and to work with the device.
Technology Energous is in the final stages of development. According to Rizzone, the finished product will be presented in the second half of the year — just in time for the announcement of the iPhone 8.