Energous Corp.

Energous Corp. is developing WattUp, a wire-free charging technology that will transform the way people charge and power their electronic devices at home, in the office, in the car and beyond. WattUp is a revolutionary, patent- and trademark-pending solution that delivers intelligent, scalable power via the same radio bands as a Wi-Fi router. The result is a true wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices or place them on a mat. The company will initially license WattUp to the wearable and mobile-accessory markets and will expand to other markets such as Wi-Fi routers and smartphones over time.

Expert Comments:

Michael Fitzsimmons, Seeking Alpha (9/17/14)
"Energous Corp.'s IPO priced stock at $6/share and 4.6M shares were sold, resulting in net proceeds were $24.8M and a 76% increase to $10.50/share on its first day of trading. . .the wireless power charging market is estimated to grow from practically nothing in 2012 to ~$8B by 2018. The company appears to have a toe-hold in this emerging market and could be a tremendous benefactor."

"The best story I have heard lately is Energous Corp., a wireless transmitter/antenna system that provides power to multiple devices within 15 feet via a Wi-Fi-type signal. No mats, no pads, and, for the love of God, no cords. Energous' WattUp system is currently designed to interface with a receiving module contained in a "backpack." Think of an OtterBox protective iPhone case and the receiving unit is not much larger. But the technology is moving so fast in this space that it is quite possible the backpack may not even be necessary—and the WattUp technology could be placed directly on a chip. That's the killer app here. You probably haven't seen a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth "dongle" for a while, but they were common in the last decade. Quite simply, it is possible you'll never be able to see the WattUp technology. But as someone who is constantly seeing the battery icon on my phone flash red, I know this technology is in demand.

I haven't run numbers, and in Energous' case that is in keeping with management's advice. Energous' business model is based on commercial licensing of its technology, and, as WattUp has not yet been commercialized, it has no meaningful revenues. But, crucially, financing is in place for Energous. The company raised $25M with its IPO on March 28 and has no debt. This is an idea stock and while a company at this youthful stage is not usually listed on a major exchange, Energous could truly grow into something special. This type of story should not be the sole province of VC-types. Why should the people on Sand Hill Road have all the fun?" read more >

Jessica Lipsky, EE Times (8/4/14)
"Rather than rely on a single high-powered antenna, Energous Corp.'s WattUp wireless charging technology uses a material that packs many antennas on its transmitter and receiver for a stronger signal. The company's first receiver/transmitter reference design can simultaneously charge four devices with a 2 watt average, up to a 15-foot distance in half the time of a traditional plug. . .if Energous' strategy of partnering with subassembly manufactures takes hold, WattUp could become a serious contender in the wireless charging standards battle."

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