Q: Do you have any demos we can see of the product actually working? What is the total range and power transmission?
A: Please visit https://wi-gl.com/technology/ for info about WiGL Demos 1-4.
WiGL recently repeated demo #3 of our transmitter network at Synapse in Tampa, FL. There are also a couple TV and media videos on this page (e.g. Kathy Ireland show or FIU News).
The WiGL team is currently in the planning phase of very specific applications/devices for Demo #4 to meet Department of Defense end user requests.
*The products shown are internal parts of the prototypes not yet available to the general market. See Scientific Reports for Demo #3 Details: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-97528-5
Q: Is this the same as Energous technology?
A: No – WiGL is currently working with Energous and we consider them a close teammate, even though others may consider them our competitor. Our competi-mates’ business models appear to be making and selling a single transmitter (Tx) paired to one or more receivers (Rx) in an engineering developer kit (DevKits) for other companies build or test.
WiGL is currently working with these companies to build commercial -off-the-shelf (COTS) capabilities to fast track Tx-to-Tx-to-Tx-to-Tx “Networks” of touchless Wireless Power Transfer (tWPT). Meaning rather than a single COTS Tx-to-Rx pair that gets you maybe 3-10 ft of distance, WiGL’s patented technologies are based on connecting COTS Tx’s in an attempt to gain near infinite distance on our tWPT networks. I.e…”want more distance, add another WiGL-enabled Tx”.
We also hold patents that make additional advances in how the WPT industry can smartly use and control tWPT Tx’s.
WiGL is all about gaining tWPT distance by growing the Wireless electrical Grid of Local Area Networks (it’s in the name; “WiGL”).
In short, Energous and others have been pioneers to get more and more power/distance from their “single Tx” to the Rx’s as part of their DevKits. Whereas WiGL is leveraging advances in all available COTS WPT to build tWPT networks of wireless power….to meet end user needs.
In WiGL’s business model, we build specific applications of tWPT for the military and commercial end-users. We don’t currently have nor sell a DevKit.
Q: What is the effect of wireless electrical transmission on human tissue?
A: The FCC limits public exposure of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for devices. For example, Wireless Phones and Devices have a SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).
For specific SAR info please visit the FCC Web Site: https://www.fcc.gov/general/specific-absorption-rate-sar-cellular-telephones.
WiGL recently published a paper promoting our suggestions for FCC oversight and the future of touchless Wireless Power Transfer (tWPT).
Q: How much wattage is WiGL capable of transmitting?
A: WiGL has demonstrated 2.4GHz at 1W.
Most recently, we purchased and networked some COTS transmitters that put out 3W in the lower band. And one of our competi-mates has a 5W COTS transmitter.
WiGL’s Demo #4 is building a network of COTS (slightly WiGL enabled) and WiGL in-house transmitters tuned to 850-950MHz and 2.4GHz…all at 1W.
*WiGL CTO (Cherif Chibane) at Synapse in Tampa, Florida. The products shown are internal parts of the prototypes not yet available to the general market.
Q: When are products expected to hit the shelves?
A: As soon as WiGL is formally files our awarded, funded and executed Department of Defense (DoD) contract with the SEC…we will have a deliverables plan with dates and will be in a better position to answer when Military and Civilian WiGL capabilities will be ready. The proposed applications of WiGL for DoD devices have a direct correlation to commercial devices.
Q: The overview of your invention does not address the most important concerns of wireless energy transmission. Transmitting large amounts of power wirelessly is easy. It is a totally different thing when you claim to power refrigerators and TVs. Nobody wants to live near power towers. Yet you are proposing power transmitters all over the city?
A1. WiGL does NOT claim: “to power refrigerators and TV”. WiGL is proposing exactly the opposite. WiGL envisions using refrigerators and TVs (etc) as “transmitters” on the WiGL Network to recharge smaller devices’ receivers. Meaning, higher power devices that are plugged into the wall (the AC Grid)… can be repurposed to send/ transmit wireless power to smaller mobile devices. This is similar to how IoT is changing how we now add WiFi to toasters, microwaves, TVs, washers, garage doors, etc (stuff on the Grid). WiGL isn’t planning to power large high power devices…we are seeking to leverage grid-connected devices to build the touchless wireless transmitter network(s) of tomorrow.
A2. WiGL isn’t exactly “proposing power transmitters all over the city”. WiGL envisions repurposing existing electrical grid infrastructure that already radiates power; how many electrical sources are already in your City (that provide no IoT electrical power value to the end user)? WiGL hopes to marry our growing need for IoT technologies to existing systems on the power grid…by making your city’s electrical infrastructure smarter. WiGL wants to make existing products that already radiate energy…more effective/efficient for our 21st century IoT needs.
A3. So far our COTS and in-house demos have not “increased that power by orders of magnitude … to wirelessly transmit.” To date, WiGL and our partners have used 850-950 MHz (radio) or 2.4GHz (WiFi) at 1W. Well within FCC limits for radio/cellphone/WiFi transmissions. Some of our competi-mates who provided the WiGL-enabled COTS transmitters also sell transmitters radiating at 3-5W. Each of these COTS providers has FCC approvals. And there is growing science behind using 5G as the wireless energy source.
Q: From the last round raised, what did the company do with the funds? Are there actual commercial products made that’s not a prototype. I only see the budget prototype of the product, which look a lot like high schoolers made them.
A1. The funds from the first round were used to move from prototypes to MVPs…and secure revenue generating contracts. Yes, our manufacturing partners and competi-mates have completed “some” of those MVPs and provided the transmitters and receiver products we mentioned in the Reg CF. There is a picture of one new MVP transmitter (product) on the page above. WiGL elected not to share images of the network or newest modifications to the WiGL or WiGL-enabled MVP receivers until we seek additional patents to protect new discoveries.
Many “products” make up a Wireless electrical grid of local area networks (WiGL). Meaning, some of the products used to make that full network are being provided by our competi-mates. And as we’ve shared, some of those products already exist. You or I can order these products online today.
The prototypes WiGL is demo’ing are truly prototypes. Yes they could look better, but they are not the MVPs. These are simply demo’ing that the tech works!
And at our demos, engineers want to see the internal subsystems and parts. They do not trust a closed pretty container is sending wireless power across the networks we propose…unless they see the boards and wiring for themselves. So sadly, the demo kits are not “Best buy or Walmart” quality.
Publishing in Scientific Reports has been both a gift and a curse. The article helped the engineering community to finally understood what WiGL was doing, but it also explained WiGL to other businesses who wanted to get into the wireless power space. Overnight, the whole far-field industry shifted to talking about “networking”.
So the images and demos you see on our websites are the older/known prototypes that we are comfortable sharing. Once we complete the network and patent the individual products for DoD (read as stuff from the Reg CF), we will be ready to share those approved images. But we have a responsibility to protect shareholder’s equity and WiGL’s trade secrets from competitors’ … we’re trying not to share too much too soon.
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