The reality of wireless power was demonstrated last week at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Fulton Innovation, creator of eCoupled wireless power technology, announced its latest partnerships and showcased some eCoupled-powered devices. The eCoupled technology eliminates the need for power cords by creating an electromagnetic conduit combined with an intelligent control system that constantly monitors the power flow to ensure optimal efficiency and safety. Fulton’s latest partnerships include Texas Instruments, Energizer, and Bosch Power Tools. The company unveiled over a dozen new applications and products that demonstrate wireless power for devices in low, medium, and high power ranges.
Energizer and Fulton are working to develop a wireless power solution that will charge a portable handheld light without the need for a power cord. The Energizer Hard Case Professional eCoupled Swivel Light works with the Leggett & Platt eCoupled in-vehicle wireless console charger to give professionals a light that’s always charging and always available. The hard case waterproof flashlight features a flexible 125° rotating head and will run on a AA rechargeable battery pack. Energizer will be launching the product in mid-2009.
As the low and medium-power supplier for the primary (or charging) side of the eCoupled connection, Leggett & Platt will integrate eCoupled technology into its vehicle interior shelving systems, computer cradles, and consoles. This application will be able to provide wireless power to everything from power tools to laptops. Leggett’s Center Console Pocket, with two separate charging areas, will be able to charge flashlights and cell phones. To the right of the driver, a computer cradle will hold and power laptop computers. Finally, the van interior shelving system, installed in the back of the vehicles, will be able to hold and power Bosch power tools through a specially designed toolbox that locks securely into the shelf. All consoles and shelving systems will be able to power devices even when the vehicle’s engine is turned off.
Bosch has integrated eCoupled technology into its new line of 18-V Li-ion cordless power tools. The Bosch tools can be charged by placing them on an eCoupled-enabled tool shelf or work surface, eliminating the need for power cords or battery chargers on jobsites. Bosch’s first eCoupled-enabled products will be introduced in 2009.