First, my credit goes to the whole of CTA team (Consumer Technology Association) and the media/press community for presenting a splendid event in current challenging times. I am sure the next year is going to be even better (>150,000). Though the presence of the Automotive industry in West Hall was immense, this year (2023) we saw many from other technology sectors also showing increased presence i.e., mobility (micro/macro), EV charging, auto-tech, connectivity, medical tech, fintech, smart home, consumer, and other sectors.
The emerging wireless power technology had a very well-balanced presence. Though WAWT found relatively a smaller number of exhibitors and news/announcements in 2023 compared to the last few years (2019/2022) from the wireless power market, hinting at some tougher times, there were still ample companies to report, re-emphasizing that we are set to experience an exciting and ‘action-packed’ times.
A summarised version of this WAWT’s insight report on CES 2023 splits companies/technology trends into two categories (i) The Showstoppers; and(ii) The Persistents. While the Showstoppers stole the limelight and were WAWT’s favourites (New Innovations), the Persistents were determinant and running strong for years (Enhanced offering).
- Wireless Power Consortium’s announcement of Qi2 standard: WPC (Wireless Power Consortium), an industry-standard body, announced the development of an advanced version of its Qi-based industry standard named ‘Qi2’ (pronounced ‘chee-two’), which is expected to wirelessly charge smartphones (and later other mobile devices like smartwatches, wireless earphones, fitness trackers) with more speed, higher efficiency, more interoperability and safer. Qi2 which is in the integration of existing Qi and Apple’s MagSafe (magnetic wireless charging) solution aims to get all its existing and potential members together and create a universal wireless charging solution, as within the last couple of years the market has quite fragmented creating more barriers and slower adoption of this ‘low-frequency-based’ wireless power standard solution. With Qi2 WPC plans to go green, creating a sustainable technology and safer technology enforcing the use of certified products as well as addressing the pain points of existing Qi technology. WAWT also expects Qi2 to increase its charging capabilities by wirelessly charging devices by more than current levels of 15W. Below are some (not all) of the key announcements/information related to this advanced technology solution.
- Yarbo’s 3-in-1 multi-functional wireless charging-enabled yard care robot: This world’s first universal autonomous robot can blow the snow from driveways/sidewalks, mow the lawn, and blows the leaves/debris from the yard. This modular robot is charged wirelessly using an innovative solution.
- The integration of wireless charging solution is done in a unique manner, as this product uses Previse Positioning Vision System (PPVS) and autonomous and intelligent navigation system which can accurately locate itself and the wireless charging-enabled docking station. Combined with magnetic field technology, it leaves no concerns whether the satellite area of up to 1 mile which is claims to cover is temporarily covered or not by its signal. Using the key benefits of wireless charging i.e., having no exposed connectors (no plug-in cords), making it risk-free from electric hazards as well formation of corrosion from melting snow, its 24/7 wireless auto recharging is a roar.
- Click this link here to know more details. Also following the link, at the bottom of the page you will find few video links providing more details and product demonstrations.
- Powercast Corporation announces its ultra-low-cost ‘Ubiquity’ RF-based over-the-air (OTA) wireless power transmitter, which was selected as a CES 2023 Innovation Award Honoree in three categories.
- Most unique about this is Powercast’s ability to cost-reduce a reference design for this OTA wireless power transmitter to US$5 of bill-of-the materials (BOM) cost, or an embeddable module. This should make it easier for manufacturers to easily integrate it into their products, enabling faster availability and adoption of wireless power everywhere and at affordable costs, with an aim of creating an OTA wireless power mesh-network at homes, similar to Wi-Fi mesh network.
- This Ubiquity RF-powered transmitter can output up to 1W (3W EIRP) and can automatically wirelessly charge over-the-air multiple RF-enabled devices within a charging range, not needing any charging cords or mats.
- Powercast and Kyocera AVX teams up to wirelessly power ‘battery-free’ solutions that harvest power from established RFID sources to wirelessly power ESLs, RFID Sensor Tags and other IoT devices.
- Powercast also made few other product integration-based announcements which could be found in the video link here.
- Yank Technologies showcases an innovative magnetic resonance-based wireless.
- At CES 2023, Yank Technologies demonstrated its innovative ‘uncoupled’ wireless charging technology for the automotive sector (click to see demo). It aims to wirelessly charge applications (needing up to 100W) inside of the vehicles i.e., interior lighting, power seating, powering the doors as well as passenger ‘consumer’ devices. Using magnetic resonance-based technology it can wirelessly charge multiple devices simultaneously, creating a ‘new’ consumer (passenger) experience while the electronics (and devices) inside the vehicle stays charged on the go. This technology addresses some serious pain points associated with the laying of wires and cables within the interiors of the vehicle.
- Yank Technologies also focuses on industrial and consumer applications.
- AirFuel Alliance’s RF standard launched: AirFuel Alliance, an industry-standard body, unveiled a new global standard for over-the-air (OTA) RF-based wireless charging technology. AirFuel RF, a radio frequency-based wireless charging technology facilitates charging of multiple devices with different power needs (currently low-powered) all at once. Ultimately, this technology enables battery-less devices in applications across consumer, wearables, retail, industrial, medical, smart sensors, smart home devices, accessories, and many others.
- Energous Corporation, a leading developer of such technology and an AFA board member, applauds the announcement that AFA RF is now an industry standard. Energous’ RF-based wireless charging ‘WattUp Technology’ frees IoT deployment from the burdens of a replaceable batteries and power cables, enabling a new reality of battery-less, mobile, waterproof, maintenance-free, and easier-to-implement IoT (Internet Of Things) devices across industrial, retail and AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications. And across other applications across retail, industry, consumer, medical and other IoT devices.
- Ram Trucks unveils a wireless charging robo to power its electric trucks.
- This Robo-EV robot using inductive wireless power solution, developed by Akeoplus of EFI Automotive Group, claims to improve efficiency by 97% using contact-under-the-vehicle technique compared to one with the air gaps, and optimizes safety for users. With the current extendable power level of 7kW can either use a wallbox (for home charging) or terminals (for businesses/fleet owners/public places charging)
- Luxuriously designed Mode wireless charging toothbrush that docks magnetically was launched –
- Energysquare in partnership with Synaptics develops a seamlessly connected wireless docking station for Lenovo:
- Vehya in partnership with Hevo plans to install Wireless EV Chargers in US.
- Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invents an innovative low-cost harvesting technique from visible light communication (VLC).
- Panthronics unveiled its NFC wireless charging chip (PTX30W) that integrates a power management unit and a Li-ion battery charger that can receive up to 1W using NFC Forum’s NFC wireless charging specifications.
- Alfred’s first wirelessly power smart deadbolt using Wi-charge’s infrared power-based technology to be launched later this year.
- Energous showcases over-the-air wireless charging technology solutions.
- Energous collaborates with LIXIL to develop wirelessly powered maintenance-free smart sensors for smart home and office applications which helps to eliminate the needs for battery maintenance.
- Energous partners with SATO to develop wirelessly power in-store retail IoT-based applications
- Catapult in partnership with Energous has created the football of the future with an embedded tracker that can charge wirelessly, providing the precision data which is expected by Catapult’s customers from its wearables & video solutions.
- Energous partners with CAP-XX Limited to develop battery-free wirelessly powered IoT devices powered by its wireless power technology and CAP-XX’s long-life supercapacitors.
- Energous collaborates with ams OSRAM to develop wirelessly powered solutions for agricultural sensor applications.
- Energous develops RF-based WattUp technology which supports contact-based and over-the-air wireless charging solution in a single ecosystem.
- Energous receives regulatory approval in South Korea for its WattUp PowerBridge wireless power transmitter technology. Energous received similar certifications in the US, Europe, China, India, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Energous appoints Cisper Electronics B.V. as its distribution partner in the Netherlands.
- Growatt debuted VITA 550 its Power Station which is integrated with Qi-based wireless charging technology
- WST 10,000 mAh 8-in-1 multiple power bank station launched with embedded wireless charging solution.
- Lenovo’s Swiss Army Lamp comes with an integrated wireless charging solution using WPC’s Qi-based technology, along with a webcam and USB Hub.
- SAE International publishes new guidelines for wireless heavy-duty EV charging.
- Zens introduces its 4-in-1 modular wireless charger with an iPad charging stand.
- Ossia made few announcements related to its over-the-air RF-based ‘Cota’ technology.
- Ossia unveiled its next gen 5.8-GHz over-the-air wireless power technology.
- Ossia announced launch of its over-the-air wireless power-enabled Cota Universal Base and a development kit.
- Ossia has signed a strategic three-way deal to supply its Cota Real Wireless Power technology for RFID tags with e-paper. This deal is signed between Fujitsu Semiconductor Memory Solution, Marubun and Ossia.
- Redmi’ K60 Pro smartphone model can be charged wirelessly.
- Electreon implements its dynamic Wireless EV Charging (WEVC) technology in the first public wireless road project in Germany.
- Xiaomi 13 smartphone comes with fast 50W wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging (10W)
- Vivo X90 smartphone series launched in China supports fast 50W wireless charging and 120W wired charging.
- Powermat introduces PMT 100, an innovative hybrid wireless charging solutions which uses magnetic induction-based and magnetic resonance-based wireless charging technology, for small and smart IoT devices.
- Tesla launches US$300 multi-device ‘wireless charging platform’ using Aira’s multi-coil FreePower technology.
- A new wirelessly charger for the breakroom could improve your employee’s morale.
- This cool TV tray comes with a wireless charger, cup holder, and a snacks container.
Please note that the above listing is not complete, but representative of the type of news and announcement made at CES related to wireless power technology. Also the items listed are not in an order or hierarchy. Be free to contact out subject matter expert, Dinesh Kithany, Founder and Chief Analyst to discuss any aspect of wireless power technology market.