Covid-19 and the lockdowns it has brought to 2020 have resulted in consumers spending more time at home. Consequently, the use of household appliances has risen, which has, in turn, generated the need for more help around the house. Then, it’s no wonder that domestic robots’ consumption is on the rise, with more than 55 million units expected to be sold in 2022.
Everyday household robots include floor cleaners, lawnmowers, pool cleaners, gutter cleaners, window cleaners, and even cat litter robots. All of them are used for tiresome household chores, making peoples’ lives more comfortable. Robots can clean and tend to the house while working (from home), spending time with family, or looking after children.
However, charging these robots requires a direct connection with the docking station using pogo-pins or conductive charging. Yet, despite the robot’s advanced capabilities, robots that feature self-charging capabilities still have trouble docking properly, resulting in devices staying uncharged. Sometimes, service robots will even run out of power and stop the task they were operating on halfway, which is frustrating and inefficient. As a result, people often still have to pick up the robot and manually hand-place them into their docking stations to charge.
These charging issues make some household robots less efficient, less convenient and defy the purpose of having an automated service robot at home. The ideal domestic robot would be able to complete its action and recharge itself seamlessly.
Wireless Charging for Domestic Robots: A Powerful Solution
Inductive wireless charging for domestic robots can solve the problem. Wireless charging stations ensure that domestic robots can charge automatically with no need for pogo pins, battery replacement, or manual human interference. They can simply recharge themselves autonomously and complete their task from start to finish.
How does it work? Wireless power transfer for household robots doesn’t require direct contact with the wireless charging station. It allows charging flexibility by charging without the need for direct alignment with the charging station.
This means that robots can begin charging with wireless charging automatically, even from a distance of 20 cm from the wireless charging station.
This means that household robots can easily start charging once in proximity to the wireless charging station, even from a distance of 20 cm.
Powermat’s Wireless Power Transfer Platform for Household Robots
Powermat’s Smartinductive technology is an agile platform with an auto-calibrating system to support varying Z distances according to the distance between the robot and the charging station. So, while maintaining the same high charging efficiency level as today’s standard charging stations, Powermat’s platform enables transferring power over a longer distance with positional flexibility.
SmartInductive Wireless Charging Technology for Domestic Robots
Powermat’s wireless charging platform for domestic robots, designed to allow a high level of flexibility and ease of alignment in the x/y plane, provides power at a considerable lateral displacement without needing to place the receiver directly on the transmitter. By doing so, the hybrid system, Powermat SmartInductive, essentially bridges the gap between classic inductive and magnetic resonant wireless charging technology.
The SmartInductive wireless charging technology, known to enable loosely coupled wireless power transfer, draws on the basic principles of classic inductive charging.
The comparison table below clarifies some of the similarities and differences between them:
By leveraging Powermat’s technology, wireless charging can easily solve today’s charging issues, improve robot productivity, improve user experience, and can boost customer satisfaction.
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