By Enhancing Access to Power, WiBotic Enables Robots to Do More
Seattle, WA—August 31, 2016—After refining its robotics technology in stealth mode for almost two years, WiBotic today announced its wireless power solutions to charge the rapidly growing ecosystem of aerial (drones), mobile (industrial) and aquatic robots. With WiBotic wireless power solutions, drone delivery systems can have significantly increased flight and delivery range; factory and hospital robots can charge on the move and save companies millions in operating costs; emergency response robots can become fully autonomous and also safe for humans to operate remotely; and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can stay underwater, even when charging.
All robots require power, but traditional methods of power delivery have major limitations. WiBotic wireless power solutions enable robots to charge completely autonomously, which greatly enhances the uptime and working efficiency of robot fleets and saves companies significant money in charging and maintenance costs.
Adaptable to the charging needs of any robotic application, WiBotic wireless power solutions include a wireless battery management system (BMS) and fleet-level power management software. The wireless battery management system for individual robots can significantly increase the lifetime of each battery in that robot. Additionally, the fleet-level power management software dynamically monitors how an entire fleet of robots operates and uses the data to help create a custom operational plan to optimize the life of the entire collection of batteries in that specific fleet.
“WiBotic is creating the infrastructure for robots to charge whenever and wherever— so companies can focus on robot tasks rather than keeping their robots charged,” said Ben Waters, CEO and co-founder of WiBotic. “Enabling better access to power and autonomous charging opens up a whole new world of possibilities for robots.”
WiBotic wireless power solutions are easy-to-implement and highly customizable for specific robot deployments. When a robot approaches, or when a drone lands near the WiBotic wireless charging platform, it automatically detects its presence and wirelessly charges the battery – just as fast, if not faster, than a standard plug-in charger. This enables robotic systems to work fully autonomously for the lifetime of the battery. In other words, there is no longer a need for human intervention for daily maintenance, charging or battery management. Alerts are triggered if the power systems are compromised in any way.
WiBotic wireless power solutions are safe, reliable and scalable. They provide adaptive near-field wireless charging and have a higher efficiency across wider ranges than both standard inductive and other resonant systems. In addition, they have the most flexible wireless power range on the market and work in harsh weather conditions (wind, rain, snow) as well as underwater.
WiBotic is already working with companies in agriculture, security/surveillance, delivery, professional videography/cinematography, factory automation, rugged industrial vehicles, medical, oil and gas, marine biology, transportation/port monitoring and autonomous underwater vehicles. Whether there is a human operator or the system is fully autonomous, WiBotic wireless power solutions enable easier and better access to power for robot fleets.
WiBotic Wireless Power Solutions Provide Strong Return-on-Investment (ROI)
The problem with traditional power delivery is that mechanical contacts have a limited lifetime and present exorbitant maintenance, repair and replacement costs over time, particularly in large fleets of robots. WiBotic wireless power solutions are cost-effective because they minimize maintenance costs and keep robots working. This means companies require fewer robots to perform the required task/s. Robots can be extremely expensive to build, buy or maintain. For a system of hundreds or thousands of robots, WiBotic can enable cost savings in the millions of dollars.
“WiBotic wireless power solutions provide breakthrough technology that will fundamentally enhance the output of robots,” said Josh Smith, co-founder of WiBotic. “Since global spending on robotics and related services is expected to grow to $135.4 billion in 2019*, there is immense opportunity for WiBotic to make a huge impact.”
Co-founders Smith and Waters developed the wireless power solutions over the past five years at the University of Washington in Seattle. Their technology was first used for wirelessly powering implanted medical devices, so it is extremely safe and reliable. WiBotic is still headquartered in Seattle, WA.
Interesting Ways Customers are Using WiBotic Wireless Power Solutions
Customers are already using WiBotic wireless power solutions to deliver medical supplies in developing countries, reduce water usage in agriculture, enhance the safety of offshore oil and gas extraction, monitor contamination levels in the ocean, respond to emergency situations and for real-time security and surveillance.
In some cases, WiBotic wireless power solutions can even help save lives. For example, they can help enable robots to deliver medicine faster, monitor hazardous areas more easily and keep robot maintenance workers out of dangerous underwater conditions.
WiBotic Development Kit
Companies interested in receiving a Development Kit can contact WiBotic for a quote via the WiBotic website: www.wibotic.com. WiBotic team members work closely with customers throughout the entire development and deployment process.
WiBotic provides wireless power solutions for the rapidly growing ecosystem of aerial, mobile and aquatic robots. Its wireless power solutions help companies optimize their entire robot fleet and are an integral component of a larger, powerful and autonomous system of robots. 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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