Friday, November 16, 2018
Once the smart speaker transformation is complete, there are no wires. Consumers are not asked to change the way they use the product. Instead, they gain dramatic new freedoms on placement options. Previously, one needed to place the speaker near a power outlet and then route or hide the power cord. With the Wireless Power Kit, that is no longer a problem. The smart speaker can be on a table, hang on a wall, or work practically anywhere in the room.
"Powered by Wi-Charge" OEM Program
Wi-Charge also announced today the "Powered by Wi-Charge OEM Program," a new program aimed at helping select partners bring wirelessly-powered products to market. Such products might be wireless smart home speakers, home security devices, phone charging solutions and many additional innovative products that were previously constrained by battery power or power cords.
"Our award-winning Wireless Power Kit demonstrates the possibilities of converting popular smart home devices into completely wireless products," said Yuval Boger, Chief Marketing Officer, Wi-Charge. "Our new 'Powered by Wi-Charge' OEM package includes, in our opinion, everything a partner needs to bring a wirelessly-powered appliance to market."
The "Powered by Wi-Charge" OEM Program includes:
Hardware: a wireless charger and wireless power receiver modules.
Documentation: detailed data sheets and reference design schematics.
Support: direct access to Wi-Charge engineers to support the partner in getting the product to market. This includes system engineering help, assistance with obtaining the required safety certifications, sharing of best practices and more.
No-cost upgrades: the option of replacing modules with future hardware versions.
To ensure the success of OEM partners in this program, Wi-Charge will be accepting a limited number of partners into the program at this stage. OEMs interested in participating can contact Wi-Charge for additional details, including costs and logistics.
The Wireless Power Kit is available as a reference implementation for manufacturers that seek to incorporate Wi-Charge long-range wireless power modules into their product line.
CES 2019 Innovation Award:
For a second year in a row, the company has been selected as an CES Innovation Award recipient. Recognized in the Home Audio/Video product category, Wi-Charge's Wireless Power Kit for Amazon Echo and Google Home will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2019.
An annual program that celebrates outstanding product design, the CES Innovation Awards recognizes honorees across multiple product categories. A panel of judges, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media, reviews submissions based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how the products compare with competition.