Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
Fulton Innovation, a little-known company that is providing e-coupled technology across a wide range of industries, is back at the Consumer Electronics Show this year — and with a bigger booth.
Ecoupling in the Office
Fulton has replicated a JW Marriot suite down to the carpet and bed. The suite has multiple power surfaces built into the furniture and demonstrates wireless power for charging cell phones, a wireless mouse, remote controls, video game controllers and even the Dell Latitude-Z laptop.
While other hotels boast wireless Internet, an e-coupled suite at a JW Marriott hotel can be wire-free, too.
From the time you walk in the door, all you have to do is throw your cell phone on a hot-spot to charge it, put your Dell notebook on the desk to charge it up and, with the wide-band adapter, you can transmit your laptop display to the room’s HD TV.
Business trips take on a whole new meaning when you can watch any movie in your collection at the hotel without having to rent it or hit up pay-per-view.
Fulton Innovation’s partnership with Bosch has really blossomed over the last year, too.
Air Travel ecoupling
A new line of Bosch power tools that are e-couple-enabled provide the best demonstration of the flexibility of a hybrid wireless-wired device.
The batteries on the Bosch power tools can be charged using the standard existing Bosch chargers or with any e-coupled medium-high power surface.
So when you are between uses on your cordless drill, you can simply set it on top of your toolbox and have it charging — no cords, no fuss.
And with a charging surface added to your truck, you can charge your tools while you drive from site to site, perfect for those who do construction at multiple locations throughout the day.
Tools that have wireless power and are this easy to charge will be smoother to use in day-to-day applications.
While Fulton Innovation brings e-coupled, wireless power technology to the table, the true innovation lies in its partnership with others.
By creating a standard for wireless power, it is allowing manufactures of electronic devices across a wide range of industries to change the way we work and interact with electronics.
Ecoupled in the Car
Life without wires in my kitchen, garage, living room, office, conference rooms, hotel rooms or cars is not only a cool thought straight out of science fiction movies, it will be a reality within the year, thanks to innovative thinking by forward-looking companies in this Wireless Power Consortium.
So, hats off to: Amway, Avid, BASF, B/E Aerospace, Bosch, case-mate, Delta, Dell, Energizer, Flexsteel, Gill Industries, Herman Miller, KI, ITW Appliance, JW Marriott, LG, Leggett & Platt, Motorola, National Office Furniture, Sennco Solutions, Texas Instruments, Toyoda Gosei North America, Vacuumschmelze and Visteon for partnering with Fultion Innovation to create standards for wireless power.