COSTA MESA, Calif.--Zii Energy, a California electronics firm, plans to bring a technology it calls “surface energy” to leading brand-name consumer electronic devices in 2017. Its founders believe crowd-funding will bring needed capital to propel surface energy-powered devices to everyday use.
It’s the much needed alternative to wireless charging, which, according Randall, “has come to mean a particular disappointing user experience: It only works for phones, it is slow, it gets hot, it can only charge one item at a time, and it requires exact alignment.”
In sharp contrast, surface energy efficiently powers multiple devices of high and low power -- like phones, power tools and notebook computers -- placed anywhere on a power surface. “Surface energy is everything wireless charging wishes it could be,” said Gregg Clark, Zii Energy president.
Since 2012, Zii Energy’s technology has been successfully used on 25 automotive vehicles sold by Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota, including the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck. Now the company wants to move quickly to bring surface energy to many common consumer electronics devices.
According to Randall, Zii Energy will shortly develop components to enable surface energy in certain brand-name notebook computers and power tool batteries arriving on the market as early as 2017. Zii Energy is seeking to crowdfund part or all of this development effort through a Kickstarter campaign to accelerate the adoption into these vertical markets.
“Consumer and industry frustration with wireless charging has reached a head,” Randall noted. “We’re seeing a wave of disappointment with wireless charging because companies can’t get it to work like they had been promised, and the consumer experience with existing products is weak. Surface energy is here today, it’s proven, and it meets the requirements consumers and companies alike have been demanding.”
About Zii Energy, Inc.
Zii Energy, Inc. is a privately-held Costa Mesa, California company founded in 2014. It is the world’s leading supplier of components, modules, and power surfaces in the fast-growing surface energy market. Zii Energy makes it easy for consumer electronics companies and other manufacturers to incorporate surface energy into their products, minimizing risk, cost and time-to-market. Visit www.ziienergy.com for more information.