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.
Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.
Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful
First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.
Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.
Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:
The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”
1. The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!
2. South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!
3. French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use
4. On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day
5. For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015
6. According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart
7. To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017
8. It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas
9. In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s