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MWC: Wireless charging at a distance

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Ossia exhibited its ‘Coffee Shop’ Wireless Power Solution at the Mobile World Congress this week showing off how its Cota Transmitters can link to charge dozens of mobile devices within a several meter radius.

The showcase of Cota technology is via the Cota Power Transmitter, a wireless power transmitter disguised as a drop ceiling tile. It delivers real wireless power without plugs, wires, or charging pads. The Cota Transmitters can power multiple devices in motion without a line of sight. At Mobile World Congress, Ossia will demonstrate the first ‘multi-Transmitter’ experience by linking two Cota Tiles to show how the system powers mobile devices in a typical coffee shop, office, retail or other crowded space.

“Cota is the most convenient and efficient way to distribute power to mobile users,” said Doug Stovall, Chief Revenue Officer at Ossia. “The Cota multi-Transmitter solution is a game changer for retail, coffee shops and public spaces. The biggest pain point for all consumer devices and IoT sensors is power. People are constantly looking for outlets and will even shift their plans to accommodate where they can get power. With Cota technology, power can be offered everywhere the consumer goes.”

Cota Transmitters have the unique ability link together and thereby scale up for larger spaces and additional users. When two Cota Transmitters are combined, they can deliver quadruple the power at the same distance when compared to a single Transmitter in the Tile form factor. Alternatively, two Cota Transmitters can send comparable power at twice the distance as one Tile. Four linked transmitters can deliver 16x the power of a single Cota Transmitter at the same distance.

Critically, Cota transmitters do not have to be placed side by side. For example, four Cota Transmitters could be separated by a few feet each to power a longer corridor or hallway. These flexible configurations make Cota the ideal wireless power solution in airports, hospitals, and other larger spaces.

Cota technology is inherently safe to people, pets, and plants and does not interfere with other wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi. All Cota-enabled devices are interoperable and can be activated, managed, and monitored via the Cota Cloud platform. Cota technology is currently being reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approval.

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Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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