WiBotic announces today that the company has raised $5.7M to expand wireless drone charging business with new product offerings and enhanced customer support. WiBotic’s CEO Ben Waters plans to grow the sales team over the next few months.
WiBotic raises $5.7M to expand wireless drone charging business
All drones need power and require frequent charging, especially the unmanned aircraft that are flown almost continuously. WiBotic has created hardware and software technology that enables drones to be charged wirelessly.
WiBotic’s technology has been developed based on more than eight years of research at the University of Washington, where they incorporated inductive and resonant systems in an approach called ‘adaptive matching’, according to Venture Beat.
The WiBotic wireless charging setup has four components; a transmitter, an antenna coil, an onboard charger unit, and a receive antenna coil. With any available power, the transmitter creates a high-frequency wireless signal that travels through a coaxial cable to the antenna coil. There it produces electrical and magnetic waves and when a drone comes within range, the transmitter recognizes its charger units and receiver coil and automatically ramps up to deliver the right level of energy. This can be done through air, water, or any other non-conductive material.
The wireless charging system from WiBotic can be used in many different industries such as warehousing, logistics, hospitality, security, energy, and defense. WiBotic’s wireless charging units are resistant to dirt water and corrosive materials and can charge a fleet of drones. A fleet of unmanned aircraft can charge from the same transmitter at different times. With special battery interfaces, the WiBotic wireless charging system can also be used for drones from manufacturers such as DJI.
The Seattle-based wireless drones charging startup has raised over 7 million dollars in total with the announcements of this week’s series A funding round of $5.7 million. Junson Capital, SV Tech Ventures, Rolling Bay Ventures, Aves Capital, the W Fund, WRF Capital, and others participated in the round.
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