One of the most important factors in IoT is the ability for gadgets and small devices to analyze data and to be used productively. The IoT network needs to be constantly working, and that requires a constant power source. This gives innovation to push away from traditional USB charging ports and consider the immense benefits of wireless charging. However, most wireless charging offerings in the market are the Qi standards using electromagnetic induction, or the use of magnets. For Qi to work, devices must be placed on a charging mat and if the device is off to the side by a few inches, the charging speed will slow down immensely.
Humavox, an Israel-based startup, wants to revolutionize the way wireless charging works. The company was incorporated back in 2010 and after several years operating in stealth mode, Humavox emerged in December 2013 and launched ETERNA – a wireless power technology platform that was built from the ground to enable vast aggregation of seamless wireless charging enabled into any electronic device.
While Nokia, Google and others have focused on the Qi standard, Humavox’s technology uses radio frequencies (RF) to transfer DC energy instead of data to fill up batteries. The benefits of RF over something like Qi is that consumers can convert regular everyday items into a wireless charging station, using an extremely small chip that is thinner than a SIM card and half the size. RF transmitters can create a charging zone anywhere so that when a device is dropped into a volume of space, it will link up with the transmitter and begin charging immediately without having to worry about exact placement. Multiple items can also be charged can be charged in a single container at any given time without an adverse affect on charging speeds. ETERNA mainly targets the wireless charging needs for IoT devices: wearables such as earpieces, wristbands, smart watches and smart glasses, or devices complementary with smartphones.
While wireless charging has been touted around for awhile now, Humavox provides a wide variety of applications this technology can be used in. Cables or docks may be a part and parcel of the wireless charging game now, but this implementation is the real game changer for wireless charging.
- Company: Humavox
- Started: 2010
- Total VC Funding: $5 million
- HQ: Kfar Saba, Israel
- Linkedin Employee Count: 10
- Co-founders: Omri Lachman (Co-Founder and Marketing Strategist), Asaf Elssibony (CTO and Co-Founder)
- Product: Wireless Charging
- Drop & Charge
- Fits to Designer’s Choice
- Compatible with IoT, wearables, health applications