New apartment complex gets wireless charging system

New apartment complex gets wireless charging system

A new modular apartment complex in Denver will be the first to test wireless charging as part of its appeal to urban renters.

The Highland Park complex by iUnit is located in Denver's trendy LoHi neighborhood and consists of 40 "iUnits" made up of 30 studios and 10 one-bedroom apartments.

Gill Electronics, Inc., a developer of resonant wireless power and charging technology said that its TesLink products have been chosen to represent the wireless charging standard in the complex.

"We're excited to have been chosen as the solution for wireless charging in this first of its kind apartment complex," remarked Brad Miller, chief technology officer for Gill Electronics. "We're focused on providing the best user experience and performance related to wireless power and charging. People have enough frustration in their daily lives, charging their devices shouldn't be one of them. Our goal is to support iUnit's vision of a cable-free environment utilizing next generational wireless charging environments."

"Our goal in developing this project was to reinvent how buildings were designed and erected as well as how people interact within them," said Brice Leconte, founder of iUnit. "Technology has become such an important part of our lives and our ability to power them needs to be achieved with very little thought. We wanted drop and go functionality that the tenant could rely upon and know that the device would be charged when they picked it up again. Gill's TesLink product does as advertised. As the first builder to incorporate wireless charging as a standard in our units, we wanted to make sure we had a bulletproof product. TesLink surpasses our expectations."

iUnit is described as "the world's first socially active smart apartment unit which is fully compatible with smart devices," and features the latest in home automation including wireless power charging stations, another first of its kind for this type of project.

Through innovations in real estate design and modularity, iUnit provides rental units at a 25% lower price point than standard construction. iUnit not only provides more affordable urban living space, it provides a smarter one as well using next generation technology. Tenants access the iUnit mobile app which allows them to pay the rent, file maintenance requests, handle access to the building for guests, control wireless appliances within their apartments, and track their energy efficiency. iUnit's goal is to create a net-zero carbon footprint in each of its buildings.

Gill introduced the first commercially available and the first FCC certified resonant wireless charging applications for mobile devices compliant to the A4WP/Rezence standard (now known as AirFuel). Resonant products enable users to wirelessly charge their smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices without the need for "plugging-in" to a power outlet. In addition, users no longer need to find "just the right spot" in order for the product to charge, as is the case with wireless inductive charging.

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Topics: Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Energy Audits, Going Green, Sustainable Communities

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