Compact Size Enables Easy Integration Into Drone Body
Seattle, WA—October 18, 2017—WiBotic, a leader in wireless power and battery intelligence solutions for the robotics industry, today announced a new lightweight and compact version of its onboard charger for use on drones and small robots. Weighing only 46 grams (1.6 ounces) and measuring 70mm(l) x 48mm(w) x 17mm (h) (2.75” x 1.89” x .67”) the mini circuit board and associated antenna are simple to integrate into any drone. With the lighter onboard charger, operators of smaller drones and robots can take advantage of all the benefits of wireless power without being bogged down by excess weight.
The onboard charger works in conjunction with WiBotic wireless power transmitter components, including the new WiBotic PowerPad, a wireless charging pad for drones announced today (see separate news release). Together, the onboard charger, transmitter components and related software make up the complete WiBotic wireless power solution that enables autonomous charging of drones and robot batteries.
Numerous industries, including security, construction, agriculture, mining and delivery, benefit from autonomous battery charging. By enabling drones to fly frequent missions from the same location without the need for humans to manage battery swapping, it cuts down on battery-maintenance costs and increases efficiencies. The WiBotic wireless power solution charges each drone individually, but multiple drones can share the same transmitter at different times — even if their batteries have different voltage and charge current (amps) requirements. Drones outfitted with WiBotic onboard chargers can also move from one charging pad to another for long-distance flights.
“Battery charging is one of the biggest challenges facing the robotics industry and reliable wireless power has opened a world of fabulous possibilities,” said Ben Waters, CEO of WiBotic. “The new lightweight and compact WiBotic onboard charger makes it possible to integrate reliable wireless charging into nearly all sizes of drones, opening up those possibilities to a much wider range of drone applications.”
WiBotic will be showcasing the new product in booth 232 at the upcoming Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, NV, October 24-26, 2017. People interested in discussing the new lightweight onboard charger, or any other WiBotic products, are invited to visit the booth.
WiBotic provides wireless power and battery intelligence solutions for the rapidly growing ecosystem of aerial, mobile and aquatic robots. Its solutions help companies optimize the uptime of robot fleets and are an integral component of fully autonomous robotic operations. WiBotic is already working with companies in a variety of industries. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Seattle, WA. For more information, please go to: www.wibotic.com
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