LONDON Wireless power specialist Fulton Innovation has integrated its eCoupled technology into a kitchen blender to demonstrate the versatility of the technology.
The blender works without a power cord or cable by simply placing it on an eCoupled-enabled countertop or work surface.
The company says that high-powered kitchen devices like blenders, grills, and coffee makers often require kilowatts of power and are thus a a much greater technological challenge than low-powered devices such as mobile phones and MP3 players that only need five watts or less.
Fulton, a subsidiary of the giant Amway Corporation(Ada, Michigan), says it is working with many companies, such as Motorola, Leggett & Platt, and Herman Miller, to make power and charging cords obsolete in everything from cell phones to power tools.
Earlier this year, Fulton acquired another company that was trying to commercialize wireless power technology and applications, Cambridge, England based Splashpower. The British company went into administration after failing to raise further funds to complete its development.
"We are especially excited to demonstrate wireless power fully integrated into a high-powered everyday appliance like the blender," said Dave Baarman, Director of Advanced Technologies for Fulton Innovation, in a statement. "By demonstrating applications beyond charging cell phones or MP3 players, we are proving there are limitless applications for wireless power to make life easier and more energy efficient."
Splashpower to make bigger wireless splash at Fulton Innovation
Start-up offers wire-free power to electronic devices