LONDON Splashpower Ltd., a Cambridge, England-based startup that has developed a wireless inductive electrical charging system for portable electronic equipment, has signed up its first major customer for the technology, Singapore based developer of converged mobile devices Mobile & Wireless Group (MWg).
Under terms of the agreement, MWg devices will be equipped by mid 2008 with Splashpower's technology.
"MWg is a proven innovator who will effectively showcase our technology," commented Bill Campbell, CEO of Splashpower. Campbell, a former CEO of Microemissive Displays Ltd, joined Splashpower in November 2006. At MED, he took the company from early stage technology development to first product shipment.
The Splashpower inductive charging system is based on a flat pad that plugs into the main electricity supply, called the SplashPad, and a SplashModule purpose-designed to reside within a piece of equipment and deliver direct current to charge the on-board battery. A SplashModule-enabled piece of equipment charges up while ever it sits on the SplashPad. It delivers power wirelessly and can be used to charge up multiple devices.
Splashpower was founded in 2001. The company brought some products to market in September 2005 announcing them to device manufactures but these have not yet been launched into the consumer market.
Earlier this year, an Israeli company descibed similar technology to provide wire-free power to electronic devices.
According to Powermat (Neve Ilan, Israel), its technology makes it for possible for electronic devices to be used without the need for socket-based or battery-based power.
Using principles of magnetic induction, Powermat's technology transmits electrical power via an ultra thin mat embedded in — or overlaid on — a work surface or wall, to portable electronic devices placed randomly anywhere on the surface.