The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Wibotic’s wireless drone charging technology.
This marks the first approval of wireless charging in drones, which the FCC has previously only allowed on a smaller scale, for example with mobile phones.
The company’s high power transmitters and receivers provide up to 300 watts of wireless power, with the company claiming they are strong enough to charge a wide variety of robots, drones, and industrial automation equipment.
The most impressive aspect of the technology is that it allows the device to be charged from up to several centimetres away from the transmitter.
“FCC approval is not only an accomplishment for our team but also for our customers and the industry,” said Ben Waters, WiBotic CEO. “Previously only low-power cell phone and small electronics chargers or very high power electric vehicle chargers were approved for widespread use.
“WiBotic is now providing a solution that lets the entire automation industry take advantage of the wireless power revolution.”
“The FCC approval lets us meet customer demand by providing standard products to a rapidly growing industry,” continued Waters. “As the industry continues to grow, robots and automation in general are facing more regulation and stricter safety and emissions requirements.
“We’re excited to help businesses solve some of these problems as they rapidly deploy larger autonomous fleets.”
This comes after WiBotic announced a significant series A funding round earlier this summer. Read more below: