Qualcomm buys HaloIPT (and patents) for wireless charging technology
Qualcomm, the San Diego wireless technology giant, turned in a new direction today with its acquisition of HaloIPT, a startup founded last year by Auckland University's UniServices and Arup, the engineering design giant, to develop technology that can transmit electricity without wires. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With technology from UniServices, the University of Auckland's commercialization company, HaloIPT (Inductive Power Transfer) uses a doormat-sized electromagnetic device to generate an electric field to wirelessly transfer energy to an electric vehicle's power system. Such energy induction is a well-known technology, and was demonstrated by Nikola Tesla as early as 1893.
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