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

FCC approves first 'power-at-a-distance' wireless charging device
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday for the first time approved a device that can recharge electronics up to three feet away.

The Energous Corporation’s Watt Up device lets users charge their electronics, regardless of the manufacturer, without being connected to the charger through the use of radio frequencies.

According to the company, Watt Up underwent months of rigorous testing to make sure that it met consumer safety and regulatory requirements prior to the FCC's approval.

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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.

Stephen Rizzone, president and CEO of Energous, says that he believes that approval will usher in faster progression in wireless charging technology.

"Older wireless charging technologies have received limited adoption over the past 15 years, and are confined to contact-based charging only. The FCC certification of Energous' power-at-a-distance wireless charging transmitter is a major market milestone," said Rizzone in a statement.

"Untethered, wire-free charging — such as charging a fitness band even while wearing it — is exactly what consumers have been waiting for."