CES 2011: Fulton Innovation Taking Wireless Power to the Next Level
The Fulton Innovation CES booth demonstrated an array of wireless power applications ranging from low power device charging to intelligent high power home and car control loop scenarios that seemed to come out of a scene from the Back to the Future 2 movie!
Today, Fulton Innovation’s eCoupled technology can be found in low power charging applications for cell phones and laptops. We were pleased to see that the technology was now small enough to fit in the battery door of cell phones without the need for a special outside case or battery. They have accomplished this by partnering with Texas Instruments to create progressively smaller IC chips.
From here we got to see a glimpse of future applications of wireless power. Fulton had a mock-up market shelf carrying various items. The concept here was to create an inexpensive and thin wireless power circuit that can fit directly onto the bottom of the product packaging. In their mock-up, all the items were receiving power to improve their marketability. In the photo below, the cereal box covers were lighting up, the toy dinosaur was moving around, and the batteries were being charged.
The next section had a kitchen counter with cooking utensils and a noodle soup. Three spots on the counter represented Fulton’s wireless power technology. The example shown to us was the noodle soup. The can itself would have a layer of electrical heating elements beneath the outer surface. Once placed on a spot, the noodle soup warms to a designated temperature (selected on the can) and then automatically stops cooking once the temperature is reached. This example went beyond just power charging and gave us a taste of intelligent control along with wireless power.
The last section showcased a Tesla electric car on a platform parked over a blue wireless charging spot. Electric cars are conventionally charged via cable and plug. The overall notion of wireless charging at that scale is susceptible to a considerable amount of power loss compared to cable charging. However Fulton Innovation assured us their technology carried a comparable amount of charge. Their charts described a difference of only 7% (89% wireless versus 96% plugged)! Not only that, but the technology is expected to support data monitoring via an iPhone app to calculate price-charging for parking garages.
A subsidiary of Alticor Corporation, Fulton Innovation is dedicated to commercializing new and innovative technologies that improve the way we live, work, and play. Fulton is working with a wide range of industry-leading companies to integrate wireless power technology into infrastructure and electronic devices to enable consumers to live a truly wireless life.
Fulton Innovation Official Website: http://fultoninnovation.com