Yo! WATTUp (TM) is Bringing Wireless Charging to the Future

by Marty Kaufman

Open Outlet is constantly in search of the latest charging technology designed to better our lives. In the area of wireless charging, one company (for the moment) stands out among its peers and may change the way we use our wireless devices, forever. Energous Corporation (“Energous®”) (ticker symbol WATT), is the developer of WattUp(TM), a revolutionary wire-free charging technology for mobile and IoT devices that provides “over-the-air” power at a distance of up to 15 feet. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. It appears that the “holy grail” of wireless charging is on its way and will eventually be incorporated into all of your wireless devices, including smartphones, tablets and wearables.

Picture this: You walk into your local coffee house, dead cell phone in hand, dead watch on wrist, and no charging cable anywhere to be found. Not to worry. Your local java proprietor happens to love technology. Front and center in his store is a wireless charging kiosk. Miraculously your devices are brought back from the dead, much like Lazarus on a Sunday afternoon. Yes…this is the snapshot of your future, thanks to WATT.

Watt just released its financial results for its latest quarter. While the company is far from profitable, it is growing rapidly. In its report, WATT reported that it has “partnered” with a “Tier One Consumer Electronics” company for the development and licensing of embedded “WattUp technology” which will be incorporated into various products including, but not limited to, mobile consumer electronics and related accessories. More importantly, WATT reported that it developed the world’s “First RF (“radio frequency”) Power Receive Chip which directs current (DC) into an integrated circuit (IC) that is designed to power smaller wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices that require 10 watts or less. WATT reports this application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is the first of its kind in the world and measures just 3mm x 3mm. Apparently, the WATT technology will allow a device to draw a charge, wirelessly, from several feet away.

Forgive our “gushing” over the potential for a smartphone to catch a wireless charge, simply from being located anywhere near a transmitter. Until we see it, we hold a respectful level of “oh yeah” skepticism. However, from the looks of things WATT is about to change lives. Stay tuned.

Obscure Charging Stations Where Party People Party

This neon glowing tower will not only make your teeth glow white but it apparently will also recharge your phone. 

On a recent vacation to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, I found a spatter of public charging devices. Belo Horizonte is the third largest city in Brazil even though most non-Brazilians never heard of it. It’s equal in size to Phoenix, Arizona. Brazilians love being connected with Facebook and Whatsapp. In fact, TV shows, news channels, businesses, even their president, use Whatsapp as their main form of communication–yes, people, texting. In Brazil, you can understand why Facebook bought Whatsapp for billions of dollars (insert maniacal laugh here). Long before Facebook became the lingua franca of social connectedness, Brazilians were the main users of Orkut (a Google creation). 

So the need to remain charged is essential for Brazilians despite their dual app needs (versus my own multi-app ecosystem) particularly when out and about drinking, eating, socializing and partying. In Belo Horizonte where it’s an inland city, they say in Portuguese: “Nao tem mar, tem bar,” which somewhat translates to “we don’t have the sea but we have bars,” and such is the life of the young and old here. You have lots of sidewalk cafes where beer and bar food are served until 2am. And in the more chic neighborhoods of Lourdes and Santa Lucia, there you’ll find charging stations on each floor of bars and restaurants encouraging partners to party on. 

While here I managed to tag just two #openoutlets but I remain confident that as Open Outlet’s mission spreads, more BH’s and Brazilians alike will follow suit. 



My First Encounter with a Charging Station


While visiting the Diamond Mall in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, I was pleasantly surprised to see this charging station. It looked brand new and not beaten up as many look at airports. Smartly, this was located beside an information desk and the Diamond Mall is one of Belo Horizonte’s finer malls. 

Though in Portuguese, the screen interface and the overall hardware interface were pretty intuitive: put your phone inside a box, plug in the appropriate cable and close and lock the door; keep the key on your person and return 30 minutes later to more battery power. 

In Belo Horizonte, the two most popular apps that consume Brazilian time and battery power are Facebook and Whatsapp. Those are two mighty good reasons to stay powered and avoid #lowbattery. 

Here are some images of the charging station:

 Obrigado #chargboxbrasil !!