updated 01:25 pm EST, Thu December 28, 2006
Wireless power for mobiles
Fulton Innovation has developed a technology called eCoupled Intelligent Wireless Power, which the company says will debut at next month's Consumer Electronics Show (January 8th to the 11th). The promise of the technology is wireless transmission of power using inductive coupling, a concept which was once explored by scientists such as Michael Faraday and Nikola Tesla. The traditional problem with the idea has been the lack of stability -- even slight variations in distance can reduce the power being transferred. Fulton says it has solved this problem with adaptive circuity, which adjusts the magnetic field to ensure drops no greater than two percent.
The use of eCoupled chargers will be limited primarily to portable devices such as PDAs and smartphones, which users will simply place on top of a charger to refill. The company hopes to expand their use to other devices however, such as office equipment, kitchen appliances, and even medical hardware. Current corporate partners include Motorola, Visteon, Herman Miller, and Mobility Electronics.