CES 2019: Wi-Charge and Allegion talk up infared wireless charging for smart home users

Wi-Charge and Allegion have talked up the potential of infared wireless charging for smart home users, demonstrating a proof of concept solution at this year's CES 2019.

“Wi-Charge is collaborating with innovators in the smart home security and automation ecosystem industries to enable the next generation of smart home devices,” said Yuval Boger, CMO, Wi-Charge.

“Untethered, wireless power will usher in a new era of devices and use cases for consumers that have previously been limited or restricted by power cables and batteries.”

Wi-Charge's vision of wireless power is slightly different to the Qi charging currently found in smartphones, it's based on existing infared light tech and designed for more long-range implmenetation. The prototype on display at CES pairs a Schlage smart lock, set up wtihin an Alarm.com smart home security system, with Wi-Charge’s new wireless power technology.

“We believe that long-range wireless power will unlock innovative new uses for the smart home and business where devices don’t always have easy access to power,” said Steve Chazin, Vice President of Products, Alarm.com.

“As a leader in the space, we are continually developing innovative technology that we believe facilitates adoption and improves the ownership experience of connected property solutions. The demonstration with Wi-Charge and Allegion is a significant milestone for the connected device industry as a whole and can open up a world of possibilities for our service provider partners and subscribers.”

No word yet on when or whether this product - or another take on this technology - will ever make it to Australia.

Disclosure - PC World Australia's coverage of this year's CES in Las Vegas was sponsored by Intel and MSI who covered the costs of our flights and accommodation.

For a full wrap-up of everything we covered at this year's CES in Las Vegas, click here.

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