POWERED BY POWERCAST
Welcome to the “Powered by Powercast” video series where we show real-world examples of our over-the-air RF wireless charging technology in action.
We will often retrofit everyday products to demonstrate how RF wireless power can: 1) Save time and money, 2) Enable new functionality, and 3) Reduce battery waste.
Episode 11 – We made a TRULY wireless keyboard (Linus Tech Tips Response Video)
Popular YouTuber Linus, from Linus Tech Tips, was looking for a truly wireless keyboard. Powercast took a keyboard and mouse and retrofit them with our technology ( RF transmitter and receiver chips) to make a true wirelessly powered keyboard and mouse. Please watch this video to see why we created this device:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y-qF7Ga_W0&t=63sOur solution was much simpler and easier to implement than the Qi solution Linus was trying to create.
Episode 10 – The $5 Ubiquity transmitter @CES
At CES 2023 We debuted the award-winning $5 UBIQUITY RF Transmitter reference design. We also showcased some real-world examples of wireless power in the home. In this episode I walk around the CES 2023 booth and point out some things that can be powered by RF power.
Episode 9 – Long Distance power Transfer -120 feet!
In this episode Powercast is pushing what is possible with RF wireless power. We powered a Bluetooth NanoBeacon from InPlay at distance of 120 feet. The beacon would fire more often when we were closer to the transmitter, and would beacon once every minute at the longer distance. Our previous distance was powering a IoT device from 80 feet.
Episode 8 – World’s First RF Wirelessly Charged RC Airplane
In this episode I explain the difference between Qi charging and RF Wireless charging. I also offer up some great examples that should be the first commercially available RF powered products.
Episode 7 – Bathroom of the Future
In this episode I explain why the bathroom is the perfect place to have a suite of RF wirelessly charged products. Hint: It has to do with wires and electricity, mold and how often these devices are used.
Episode 6 – Development Kits
In this episode we explain why digital electronic shelf labels price (ESL’s) aren’t ubiquitous in retail stores. Our battery less “Immortal” ESL opens up a whole new world for retailers. They now can use technology to change their prices as many times as they want and not have to worry about the thousands of coin cell batteries going dead during their busiest shopping time.
Episode 5 – Batteryless “Immortal” ESL
In this episode we explain why digital electronic shelf labels price (ESL’s) aren’t ubiquitous in retail stores. Our batteryless “Immortal” ESL opens up a whole new world for retailers. They now can use technology to change their prices as many times as they want and not have to worry about the thousands of coin cell batteries going dead during their busiest shopping time.
Episode 4 – Wireless Charging Grip
If you have ever wondered where RF wireless charging was headed, here is your first clue. Learn about how the first consumer based wireless product was created. Powercast created the Wireless Charging Grip for the Nintendo Switch Joy Con controllers so you never had to undock them from the grip to recharge them.
Episode 3 – Fluke Multimeter
In this episode, we retrofit Powercast’s most used diagnostic instruments – Fluke Multimeters – so our engineers can just set them down and they’ll automatically charge overnight. This is a preview of the workbench of the future. Imagine if all your tools were automatically charging every time you put them away, without the need to find a cord or mat or fresh batteries.
Episode 2 – Smart Cricket Ball
In this second episode, we use RF wireless power to charge Sportcor’s Smart Ball Core, which gets embedded into sporting equipment to send analytics from within. Sportcor’s smart electronics core is being used by Australian cricket ball manufacturer Kookaburra in its Smart Cricket Ball. The Smart Ball can transmit movement data ( speed, distance, force and spin) during the game. To enable the Smart Ball to be perfectly round and perform like a “normal” cricket ball, the electronics had to be deeply embedded in its center without any external charging ports or charging coils. This made over-the-air charging the only solution to recharge the battery.
More about Kookaburra here: https://www.kookaburrasport.com.au/cricket/team-kookaburra/innovation/
Winner of the 2020 RFID Journal Live Award for “Best New Product” https://rfidjournalawards.com/
Episode 1 – Hand Sanitizer
RF Wireless technology has many great uses. In this first episode, we retro-fit a touchless Purell hand sanitizer station, normally powered by 4 C batteries, to show how wireless charging can reduce battery waste and save money. After embedding our technology, this unit can be fully charged using the Powercaster or PowerSpot RF transmitter for a fraction of the cost ($1.50 of energy per year) of the replacement batteries. If adopted by a big box store, Powercast projects it could save hundreds, or thousands of C batteries per year from entering landfills.
Learn more about Powercast here: https://www.powercastco.com/