Send­ing En­ergy through the Air

Cota

HWM (Singapore) - - Think - BY ALVIN SOON

The abil­ity to send power through the air sounds like sci­ence fic­tion, but it’s slowly but surely get­ting there – and Cota by Os­sia looks like it has a chance to be the com­pany that fi­nally does it. Pre­sented on­stage at TechCrunch Dis­rupt, the Cota wire­less charg­ing pro­to­type man­aged to de­liver power wire­lessly to de­vices around three me­tres away, with around ten per cent of the orig­i­nal source power, us­ing the same un­li­censed spec­trum which pow­ers Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth.

Founded by physi­cist Hatem Zeine, Cota claims to be able to de­liver one watt of power at a dis­tance of nine me­tres, with­out re­quir­ing line-of-sight, and to be as safe as us­ing Wi-Fi. Dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion, Zeine showed an iPhone 5 be­ing charge wire­lessly with a pro­to­type at­tached, and Zeine projects that we’ll see the Cota in con­sumer prod­ucts by 2015.

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