Seattle-based WiBotic has announced WiBotic PowerPad, a completely integrated wireless charging pad for drones.
WiBotic PowerPad contains a WiBotic transmitter circuit, transmitter antenna and power supply in one ready-to-go, enclosed unit. The current version measures three feet by three feet and can support a wide variety of drones, the company says.
WiBotic PowerPad works in conjunction with the separate, newly released WiBotic onboard charger – a small circuit board and antenna that mounts on the drone itself. WiBotic software can be used to configure and optimize the charge rate for any battery on board the drone, and once configured, the aircraft lands on the pad and gets charged with no human intervention needed, the company explains.
As for its new onboard charger, the company has rolled out a lightweight, compact version weighing 46 grams (1.6 ounces) and measuring 70mm(l) x 48mm(w) x 17mm (h). With the smaller size, operators of smaller drones and robots can take advantage of wireless power without being bogged down by excess weight, explains WiBotic.
Available now, WiBotic PowerPad can be mounted on things such as rooftops and other elevated structures, as well as inside warehouses and factories. One WiBotic PowerPad can support multiple drones, or one drone can land on multiple pads to extend its flight range.
In addition, WiBotic PowerPad has a powder-coated aluminum body and plastic lid for durability and corrosion resistance. It is also weather-resistant, but fully weatherproof options can be custom-manufactured. Custom-size versions can also be designed, the company notes.
“Battery charging is one of the biggest challenges facing the robotics industry, and reliable wireless power has opened a world of fabulous possibilities,” says 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.”