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Wireless charging from 30 feet away — does startup have a game changer?

Ossia exec says Cota device can wirelessly charge multiple devices through walls, around corners

A startup Tuesday unveiled technology it claims can can simultaneously charge multiple different devices in a house, even through walls and around corners, by using the same radio spectrum as other wireless standards, such as WiFi and Bluetooth.

“You don’t have to put that device in every room. You just put it into one room in your house and it will power all your devices,” said Hatem Zeine, founder of Ossia, developer of the technology. “It’s like your WiFi signal. If you can get a WiFi signal, you’ll be able to get power.”

After six years of development, Ossia today unwrapped the new Cota wireless charging technology that it says will be available to consumers and enterprises by 2015.

Zeine, demonstrated the technology with a prototype at the TechCrunch Disrupt technology conference in San Francisco this week.

In a video posted by TechCrunch, Zeine held a 2-in by 2-in by 1-in cube-shaped dongle device, plugged it into an iPhone 5 via a standard charging cable and held it in the air until the device indicated it was wirelessly charging; the audience erupted in applause.

“For me, wireless means remote, automatic, effortless,” Zeine told the audience.

The Cota wireless charging system includes a wireless charger and a wireless charger receiver — either a dongle device or tech integrated into a product, such as a smartphone or battery. While it has yet to be miniaturized, Zeine said the wireless technology will eventually be small enough to fit onto the motherboard of a smart phone or even in a AAA battery.


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