Cordless Coffee Maker takes 1st place in Wireless Power Contest

29 March 2016

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and Digi-Key Electronics announced the winners of their contest seeking innovative uses of IDT’s wireless power kits. 

Er Bharath Ram, of Chennai, India, won first prize for his “On the Go Coffee Maker” and will be rewarded with a Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Samsung Gear S2, each featuring IDT wireless charging semiconductors.

The contest asked electronics experts and tinkerers alike to incorporate wireless charging capabilities into products by using IDT’s 5 W wireless power reference kits. Sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics, the theme of the contest was, “Power Without Boundaries.” The contest was hosted at, the world’s largest hardware creation community.

Other winning submissions included wireless charging for a K9 mobile sentry, a universal smart home remote, a green energy bag, a pacemaker, and, finally, bionic organs. Those innovators will also receive Samsung products powered by IDT wireless power chips.

Ram used the IDT kit, a 5 V battery and a few other materials to develop his coffee cup, whose heat is controllable through an Android app. In his submission, Ram noted that integrating wireless charging made his gadget essentially waterproof, an important feature when it came time to wash it.

David Sandys, Digi-Key director of Technical and Strategic Marketing, said the contest saw a wide range of great ideas from around the globe, mixing fun and very practical applications. The common thread that ran through them was how easily IDT’s wireless power kits can be integrated into today’s electronics systems.

IDT’s turnkey wireless power kits make integrating wireless charging easy, affordable and practical for a broad range of consumer electronics. With plug-and-play ease of integration, the Qi-compliant transmitter and receiver reference kits are built around proven IDT wireless power semiconductors, and include easy-to-use reference boards and comprehensive design support collateral. Support materials include instructional videos, user manuals, foreign object detection (FOD) tuning guides, layout guides, layout instantiation modules, schematics, bill-of-materials (BOM), Gerber files, and more.

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