Q&A with Oded Golan, VP R&D at Humavox

April 14th, 2015

Find out why Oded is passionate about wireless charging technology, what he loves about Humavox and why he thinks wireless charging is the way of the future.

1. Can you give us a “day in the life” look into your role as Humavox’s Vice President of Research and Development?

As VP R&D and a lover of technological breakthroughs, my passion is developing ETERNA wireless power technology in areas where others failed to provide a wireless charging solution, especially in cases where a wireless charging solution is truly needed by consumers, such as hearing aids and other applications where battery life is an issue and charging devices is not realistic. Since Humavox’s technology is in high demand, much of my time is allocated to making sure customer’s specifications are met and wireless charging is achieved within their selected products.

 

2. Can you explain how Humavox’s technology works and how it compares to other wireless charging technologies on the market?

I think our success lies where others failed to give a viable solution… our focus is where the solution is truly required
Humavox’s ETERNA technology is based on the utilization of radio frequency waves in a resonant cavity to wirelessly charge electronic devices. Through the conversion of DC to RF, the transmitter sends out radio waves targeted at the receiver within the device. The receiver ‘absorbs’ these waves and converts them back to DC to charge the battery within the device.

I think our success lies where others failed to give a viable solution. While other solutions are focused on mass markets such as the tablet and smartphone markets, our focus is where the solution is truly required: where there is a real pain and other technologies could not find a way to implement wireless charging. A good example, as I previously mentioned, is Humavox’s ability to provide a wireless charging solution for hearing aid devices which are very small and curved. I am currently unaware of any completing technologies that have the ability to charge such devices. Here we solve an actual pain endured by the user. Other examples of where we can provide a wireless charging solution for fitness trackers (bands) and smartwatches.

Furthermore, part of what I love about our technology is the “drop & charge” mechanism. Many inductive counterparts require precise placement or alignment between the receiver and transmitter, whereas with ETERNA you simply place the device in a charging station and no matter how you place it, it will charge efficiently.

 

3. What trends are you seeing in the wireless charging industry? What trends do you expect to see in the future?

I’ve seen a trend of devices getting smaller and smaller. As the size of devices decreases, it becomes more difficult to charge them with a cord. Today some devices have wireless charging capabilities in addition to coming with a charging cable; in the future, with the decreasing size of devices, wireless charging will become the only viable solution to charge smart devices. Since inductive technology is not a feasible solution for small devices, I believe that the ETERNA platform will become the dominant wireless charging solution for these devices.