Inventor of the cellphone says this is the next big thing

“Marty Cooper, who built the first handheld cell phone, says his invention has a glaring flaw: You have to keep charging its battery,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney. “‘Keeping your phone charger around is a real annoyance,’ Cooper told CNNMoney in an interview. ‘And I think it’s going to be an increasing problem.’ Ensuring that your phone doesn’t run out of juice is enough of a pain. But imagine the not-too-distant future when our bodies are covered with different connected devices — watches, glasses and clothing — all of which will need to be charged. ‘You won’t want to take all them off and plug them in,’ Cooper said. ‘That’s why they ought to be charging all the time.'”

“Cooper believes that the winning technology will come from Energous, which wants to charge your cell phone using radio frequencies. Cooper sits on Energous’ board,” Goldman reports. “Energous (WATT) will announce Monday morning that it has received FCC approval for its miniature transmitter, which can power specially equipped gadgets. The Miniature WattUp transmitter can power hearing aids, medical devices and other tiny wireless devices. There are limitations to the technology that the FCC approved: It only includes very small gadgets that have embedded chips that are compatible with Energous’ technology. And those gadgets need to be in direct contact with the Miniature WattUp transmitter. But it’s also a significant milestone.”

“FCC clearance is just one hurdle. Getting manufacturers to adopt and include the technology in their products is another big one. Energous has had some early success, but it’s a long way from being able to charge every mobile device you own,” Goldman reports. “Even if Energous can get its technology inside consumer gadgets, the transmitters that charge them will also need to be widely deployed for the technology to be useful.”

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          1. The extreme dumb ass is you idiot. It was a glib reference to the Woody Allen film SLEEPER and if you had half a brain you’d know that and find it humorous instead of being a stone-faced clueless adolescent ignoramus.

    1. With the passing of time, I am reminded more and more of Robert Heinlein’s Short Story “Waldo”, which gave us the name for those mechanical arms used to handle radioactive materials in labs.

  1. I don’t see that charging a phone overnight is much of a problem. You get used to the routine and just do it without thinking. I need to sleep for a few hours every night and my iPhone fully recharges in a fraction of the time that I sleep.

    RF charging might be attractive for some, but to me it comes across as solving a problem that isn’t there for most of us.

    I don’t see any mention of the RF frequency used, but you can’t simply invent a new frequency. Virtually all the RF spectrum is allocated for something and RF charging is going to involve significant RF power levels. If consumers really want wireless charging, I think that the NFMR proposals that Apple has patented are a much more practical approach for devices drawing as much power as a smartphone. Their magnetic resonance system claims to have a range of about 1 metre, which is a sensible choice to balance convenience against efficiency.


    As far as low level radiation being good for us, exposure is key. Our modern world give us enough of those low level right now.

  3. Marty Cooper, says:
    “Keeping your phone charger around is a real annoyance”, not for me, I rarely ‘keep one around’ (‘cept by the bed at night), and it doesnt annoy me a bit.
    “And I think it’s going to be an increasing problem”, not for me…I dont think it will be a problem at all.
    “Ensuring that your phone doesn’t run out of juice is enough of a pain”, not for me, its not a pain at all, and it rarely runs out of juice.
    I guess Marty Cooper must have been talking about himself.😊 Perhaps he has a “solution that is looking for a problem”. $$$

  4. This is not as huge of a deal as Cooper would have people believe. And the efficiency of RF coupling/charging are relatively low. The WattUp technique uses multiple beams, as I recall seeing in a recent video, rather than omni broadcasting to improve efficiency. But that does not solve all of the issues, including interference, etc.

    Much like the Segway, this is not the next big thing unless you are a mall cop.

  5. The body is a delicate bioelectric system. We now live in a sea of electronic pollution.

    People need to understand there is a cost for all this convenience. Hard to believe all these frequencies are helping our health.

    1. My solution is to carry around an independent battery pack. I very much enjoy my Lepow U-Stone, 12000mAh. It’s always there when my iOS devices need a charge. I charge the Lepow once a week at most. Higher than 12000mAh battery packs are now available. Anker currently has up to 26800mAh.

  6. Why not embed rotors in iDevices to capture mechanical energy from body movement? The rotors could move magnets across electric coils to generate electricity that could be used to recharge batteries. It wouldn’t be the solution for every situation but it would be a great supplement to extend a battery’s charge. And it would be way cool.

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