Ossia, Inc. announced another key breakthrough to the company’s Cota™ remote wireless power system: the ability to carry device related data through the Cota power transmitter to cloud based applications or to enable IoT devices to interact with each other directly.
The patents-pending innovation addresses two major hurdles for the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables markets. First, the need for a standardized networking technology allowing devices to communicate with one another and the cloud, and secondly, the ability to supply remote wireless power to increasingly complex devices limited by both battery reliance and the sheer footprint of the batteries themselves.
With Cota’s artificial intelligence-enabled platform, and the Cota transmitter’s functionality as a data aggregator and processor, the Cota system becomes an IoT hub, allowing all of the things comprising the IoT to stay charged and to work in tandem. This new level of connectivity sets the stage for intelligent IoT systems.
“Until a common IoT language emerges, it remains unclear how connected items — wearables, smart appliances, home automation and more — will communicate,” said Hatem Zeine, founder and CEO of Ossia and inventor of the Cota technology. “Defining this standard is the first step to bringing the IoT to life. Without the ability to power and connect these devices, the true potential of an intelligent network of things may never be fully realized.”
Technology manufacturers can design Cota-enabled receivers and products using ubiquitous Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee standards. For device-makers, this means IoT connectivity and true wireless power without the need for additional antennas and components. Only minor tweaks to a device’s circuitry and firmware are needed to support Cota. Third-parties will be able to rapidly develop Cota-enabled IoT systems using machine learning APIs and development kits.
“Cota’s IoT platform facilitates IoT at multiple levels,” said Fady El-Rukby, vice president of Software Solutions at Ossia. “Cota enables the design of more intelligent IoT devices that are always charged, and always connected to the cloud. Cota supplies the connectivity, data capturing and data aggregation required. And Cota leverages artificial intelligence and the cloud to process the data, enabling intelligent behavior across the IoT.”
Consider the experience of using a Cota enabled fitness wearable device while exercising on a stationary bike. Working in concert with a home’s smart devices, the pedaling activity would cue the thermostat to downshift, trigger the home audio system to stream music from an exercise playlist, dim the lights and begin to beam key vitals and metrics from the wearable exercise tracker to a living room television and for later tracking on cloud services.
Under license from Ossia, consumer electronics OEMs and ODMs can include Cota receivers in new products and can build their own branded Cota transmitters. Existing battery-powered devices can be easily retrofitted with Cota receivers, even if they are already equipped with one of the three pad-based charging systems. Other companies such as construction and energy businesses are already exploring non-consumer electronics applications for Cota-based, wire-free power.
The Cota technology charges many devices at once, regardless of whether a device is stationary or moving — such as a wearable bracelet on someone’s wrist. A single Cota charging station can simultaneously power the battery-operated devices in an average size room in a home or an office suite.
Ossia is challenging people’s core assumptions about what is possible with wireless power. Ossia’s flagship product, Cota, redefines wireless power by safely delivering remote, targeted energy to devices from 6 feet to as far away as 30 feet, depending on the charger model. Built on Ossia’s patented smart antenna technology, Cota automatically keeps multiple devices charged without any user intervention, enabling an efficient and truly wire-free, powered-up world, that is always on and always connected. Headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., Ossia operated in stealth since its founding in 2008, and publicly launched at Disrupt San Francisco 2013. Visit our website at www.ossia.com.