The Florida-based company is targeting OEMs to implement the technology into portable electronic devices including cell phones, PDAs and digital cameras. “Basically, we can support just about any portable electronic device out there all the way up to laptop computers,” says Ryan Tseng, CEO of WiPower.
The technology consists of a base station or charging pad, which creates a magnetic field and a receiver implanted in the charging device that converts the magnetic energy back into electricity. The pad can send approximately 100W of electricity to the locally placed device.
Concerns about the developing wireless power transfer technology include standardization and where competing methods stand. “I think in the long run it seems like standards might become important to the ultimate success of this technology, because consumer electronics companies walk the fine line between standardizations and distinguishing their products,” says Tseng.
The WiPower application is for short-range charging. MIT recently developed a system for long-range power transfer technologies. Other companies developing wireless power transfer include Splashpower, Powermat and Fulton Innovation.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.