Truly wireless power has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here at MWC 2023. The ARCHOS Cota Wireless Power Security Camera, powered by wireless technology from Ossia, doesn’t require wires, not even for power, to help keep your home secure. Ossia claims it’s the first commercially available wirelessly-powered product, and we saw a demo of it in action.
These wireless indoor security cameras can be placed anywhere within 30 feet (9m) of a base transmitter that supplies power over the air. The technology isn’t super powerful in terms of wattage; it only supplies about 2W of power at a range of two meters and mere milliwatts at up to 10 meters. However, its application flexibility, such as placing security cameras in otherwise impossible-to-wire places, makes the technology so useful.
Ossia notes that the security cameras don’t have to have line of sight of each other. The base can also transmit power through glass, sheet, rock, and wood, but not bricks or cement. Ossia’s technology works in the common 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands, which your home Wi-Fi uses, which has helped it secure certification for use in 66 countries.
The camera can be placed anywhere within 30 feet of a transmitter, which sends power wirelessly through glass, sheet, rock, and wood.
You might have seen the ARCHOS Cota Wireless Power Security Camera earlier in the year at CES 2023, but the company is now listing the security camera for pre-order. There are two bundles on offer; the first provides a transmitter and three cameras, while the second doubles up the package for larger commercial spaces.
Ossia’s Cota wireless power technology isn’t limited to security cameras. In fact, the camera is enabled by the Corta Universal base, which contains the antennas, battery, and USB plug that allow it to power virtually any low-powered gadgets. The brand also had a few other prototypes to showcase at MWC, including an “everlasting” battery that charges over the air. For smartphones, a USB-C or Magsafe case could also provide constant power without the need for wires. That said, the 2W power limit certainly won’t make this a replacement for the speedier wired and wireless charging we already enjoy today.