“It was a year of influencing wireless power,” said Dave Baarman, Fulton’s director of advanced technologies. “We were selected by CNET as one of the three finalists for Best of CES 2013. That was quite an honor given the competition.”
“It was an explosion of hundreds of products using Qi this year,” Baarman said. “The WPC booth was packed and loaded with all types of adapters, battery packs, hardware, devices and solutions, including the Toyota Avalon wireless charging solution in leather to launch later this year.”
Magazines on store shelves whose covers light up. A cereal box that transmits its nutritional data to your mobile device. Even a container of soup that can heat itself with no stovetop or microwave.
Those are the examples of the power of Fulton Innovation’s eCoupled Printed Electronics, which earned the company yet another award. They were named a Silver winner in the Best New Product of the Year category in the Best in Biz Awards 2012.
Fulton used conductive ink, printed electronics and its innovative wireless technology to demonstrate how the packaging and printing industries can transform everyday objects, creating new levels of engagement.
When the specially printed magazine or cereal box are on an eCoupled-enabled shelf, they can light up or transmit data on command. And when a user pulls the tab of the soup container and sets it on an eCoupled-enabled countertop, the contents will heat to low, medium or high, depending on the user’s preference.
He’s the driving force behind the development and success of Fulton Innovation, leading a team of scientists who work with various industry partners to bring eCoupled intelligent wireless power technology to market and into the hands of consumers.
Instead of words, technology did the talking. Dave used a wirelessly powered skillet and blender to sizzle sausages and mix margaritas to wow this technology-hungry audience. Check out the videos presented at SXSW below.
Their prediction? In the future, wireless power will be integrated into chargeable surfaces that can power a wide range of products, across a variety of power levels – from cars and stove tops, to tablet computers and mobile phones.
We look forward to the next round of wireless power capabilities.
With Harry Potter’s gleaming eyes staring at them, journalists from around the world checked out the Fulton Innovation booth at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas last week, attracted by the variety of uses our sister company has come up with to utilize its eCoupled technology.
Dozens of reporters from technology-focused publications like CNET, Gizmodo, Pocket-lint, and GadgetCom, and more traditional outlets like USA Today, CBS Detroit and MLive, were eager to learn more about an Entertainment Week magazine cover that had been wirelessly charged through printed electronics, making the headline and Daniel Radcliffe’s eyes light up. Also on display was a charging pad that wirelessly powers cell phones while still in a handbag.
Fulton Innovation is also the first company to use inductive energy through metal and provided a glimpse of that technology showing a car console able to wirelessly charge different devices.
In an interview with Engadget, Dave Baarman, director of advanced technologies for Fulton Innovation, said the company continues to look for new opportunities to deliver wireless charging capabilities to as many different consumer electronic products as possible.
So next January, stayed tuned. Who knows what Fulton Innovation will come up with by then?
Dave is the driving force behind the development and success of Fulton Innovation, leading a team of scientists who work with various industry partners to bring eCoupled intelligent wireless power technology to market and into the hands of consumers.
Thanks to the Best in Biz for recognizing one of our best.
Conference presenters are selected partially by popular vote through SXSW’s “Panel Picker.” So if you’d like to see Fulton present about the future of wireless during this interactive, film and music festival, just click here. Choose the “thumbs up” sign to let organizers know you think Fulton’s “Juice without Wires” presentation is an “idea that rocks.”
But if you want to see wireless power at work a bit sooner, this video shows how eCoupled powers everything from appliances to technology.
eCoupled just announced updated features and functionality which bring new applications of wireless power to consumer devices, surfaces and environments. Like greater spatial freedom, taking the Qi wireless power standard beyond a portable charging pad to seemingly impenetrable surfaces like granite. Or the ability to transfer data along with power.
“To totally remove power cords from our lives, we need additional options and flexibility and freedom for wireless power solutions,” said Dave Baarman, director of advanced technologies at Fulton Innovation. “Consumers want the convenience that wirelessly powered devices provide, with more flexibility for where and how they can use them.”
Like cutting the cord and being able to charge their computers and cell phones from their kitchen countertop. Even if it’s made from solid granite.
Disclaimer: The authors of these blogs are Amway employees. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily reviewed in advance by anyone but the individual author. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the view of Amway or any other person or company.