Here's Marty Cooper, who built the world's first cell phone for Motorola in 1973. Today he sits on the board of a company called Energous
, which just got approval from the FCC to deploy a new type of wireless charging.
Through radio waves.
The technology, branded as WattUp®, is currently capable of charging hearing aids and similarly small medical devices. Medium and large-scale transmitters are planned for release by 2018. Energous isn't the only player in this new space—uBeam
is attempting to charge phones with sound waves, while Wi-Charge
is working with lasers. But, according to Cooper, Energous has been at it the longest, has commitments from strategic partners and uses a technology that can charge at longer distances than its competitors.