Powercast to Showcase Over-the-Air Wireless Power Products at CES 2020

January 3, 2020 Alix Paultre

Powercast will showcase consumer products adopting its RF-based long-range wireless power-over-distance technology, including Powercast’s own Wireless Charging Grip for Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers, Sportcor’s embeddable smart electronics core which delivers high-tech sports data analytics, and British Airways’ TAG digital luggage tag.

Powercast’s embedded Powerharvester receiver harnesses RF energy sent over the air from the PowerSpot transmitter, then converts it to DC to charge the grip’s embedded battery. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for intelligent wireless charging, the grip requests power from the transmitter only when its batteries are low, and signals it to stop when charged. 

Australia-based Sportcor’s embeddable electronics core contains movement sensors to deliver sports data analytics such as speed, distance, force, position, and spin, and Powercast’s wireless power technology to charge the battery over the air (pictured). Adopted so far by leading Australian cricket ball manufacturer Kookaburra, its new Smart Ball needs no charging port so it remains balanced and its analytics data remains accurate. 

ViewTag’s electronic bag tag, which British Airways rolled out in 2019 as TAG, allows passengers to tag their own bags to simplify their check-in. Passengers use an app to get boarding passes and synchronize itineraries to their tag. Powercast’s RF harvesting technology preserves the battery by keeping the tag dormant until it detects and harvests RF from nearby airport RFID equipment, at which time it will update the screen if the tag isn’t already displaying the passenger’s current itinerary. 

Powercast will also display batteryless printed electronics products, co-developed with PPG Industries. These printable solutions will include wirelessly illuminated product packaging that showcases products on a shelf, smart identification (ID) cards, and electronic, batteryless retail price tags capable of wireless price updates.


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