22 October 2018

Wikipedia defines Simplexity as “an emerging theory that proposes a possible complementary relationship between complexity and simplicity. The term draws from General Systems Theory, Dialectics (philosophy) and Design.”

I think about it as “Simple on the outside, complex on the inside”. For instance, a Google search. On the outside, it’s a simple Web page. Behind the scenes, the complexity is almost unimaginable.

To me, that’s one of the beautiful things about the Wi-Charge long-range wireless power solution. On the outside, integrating is extremely easy. Embed the receiver in your product. Your product will receive power from the receiver’s USB connector (or just a +5V and GND wire, if you prefer). You have an optional data link if you want to use it – but you don’t have to. That’s it. No antennas. No complex circuitry. Just a simple 5V interface.

On the inside, it’s quite sophisticated. Just consider that a thin and focused IR beam searches for available receivers. Once a receiver is found, this beam is converted with high efficiency back into electricity. The beam is narrow enough to entirely fit on a small receiver. Transmission stops immediately if the beam is broken, and resumes when the obstruction is gone. Safety regulations are met worldwide.

But as an OEM you may appreciate this complexity, but ultimately just enjoy the interface simplicity. Sometimes, integrating with Wi-Charge is as simple as plugging in a USB cable. We found that our self-contained power receiver makes for very simple evaluation and integration.

I think this ‘deceptively simplicity’ was one reason that Wi-Charge was awarded the prestigious “Best of innovation” mark at CES 2018. We can’t wait to see all the innovation driven by this “Simplexity” in 2019 and beyond.

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