When two worlds collide, it’s a big deal.
Drones have emerged in recent years as a key player in not just military applications, but in the civilian world for photography, product transport and more. They’re used by companies and hobbyists, kids and professionals.
One of the biggest challenges facing drones is battery power.
While some drones are able to stay in the air all day thanks to sizable batteries and beefier flight equipment, many have much shorter lifespans (even as short as 5-10 minutes)!
Imagine, if you will, the impact of perpetually powered drones receiving constant, targeted power. Even drones at the lower end of the quality spectrum could be game-changers as their flight time is increased and productivity goes through the roof.
That’s where WigL comes in. Using transmitters, similar to how WiFi broadcasts data, WigL sends a power signal wirelessly for various electronic devices to receive. Those transmitters could either be land-based (think telephone poles or cell phone towers) or satellite based.
Hackaday recently picked up on an experiment where a small amount of power was sent to a small drone to show that wirelessly transmitted power is possible. While wowed by the demonstration, the article admits, “High-power and high-frequency can still benefit from having a wire to run along, but transmitting a few watts across thin air like this is a sweet demo.”
Last year, Engadget reported on a new wireless charging landing pad that would help keep flyers in the air.
According to the article:
“The WiBotic PowerPad is a three-foot by three-foot landing station that comes with an onboard charger that can be attached to pretty much any drone … [T]he weather-resistant platform can be mounted pretty much anywhere and can help alleviate the need to handle drones that run automated flights on a regular basis.”
For drones that fly for surveying jobs, security or product delivery, that means less downtime–which results in costly time wasted. One of the big advantages and exciting parts of the PowerPad was the thought that it could be used as a relay station; for example, survey drones could stop and recharge at various points around the large plot of land as necessary.
While this technology certainly is helpful in addressing the needs for drones to spend less time on the ground charging and more time in the air, it still includes the cycle of draining the battery, landing and recharging.
With WigL, drones could have access to ongoing power–similarly to the small drone example above, but on a much larger scale. Large, heavy batteries wouldn’t be necessary, and neither would wireless charging pads.
Instead, with WigL, the receivers aboard the drone would constantly receive wireless power sent directly to them, keeping the drones in the air and jobs at their most efficient.
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