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Wireless Charging Leaps Forward With Cota By Ossia

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Wireless charging has long been viewed as a major challenge and opportunity for personal tech. With mobile devices now such a constant presence in daily lives, battery life has become a huge factor in the purchasing and evaluation of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Current wireless charging technologies still require contact, usually between the device and a kind of base, like a PowerMat. But Cota by Ossia is trying to change that.

At last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt, the company’s CEO and founder, physicist Hatem Zeine, successfully demonstrated wirelessly charging his iPhone while several feet away from the power source. (The phone was connected to the Cota prototype device.)

Despite the fact that no one’s heard of Ossia, the Cota prototype in its current form already managed to deliver power wirelessly to devices over distances of around 10 feet, delivering around 10 percent of the total original source power to recipient devices using the same unlicensed spectrum that powers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and other wireless communication standards.

Zeine has assuaged fears about increased levels of radiation, saying the device transmits on the same frequencies as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and emits less than most phones.

Though the device still has far to go, Cota-like devices could soon be all over public and private facilities, with receivers built directly into mobile devices, essentially negating the need for battery charging.

What do you think about the future of wireless charging?

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