Leader in sound quality technology to commercialize wireless charging systems to deliver more flexible user experiences on stage and in-studio
Watertown, Mass. – January 27, 2016 – WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced that Fishman, a leader in amplification, effects and pickups for acoustic and electric instruments, will leverage WiTricity’s patented wireless charging technology and broad intellectual property (IP) portfolio to develop new wireless power applications for Fishman’s acoustic and electric stringed instrument technology. Utilizing WiTricity technology, Fishman will commercialize efficient, high-performance wireless charging systems across a range of the company’s products favored by a growing list of music industry leaders and artists.
As a leader in acoustic sound amplification, Fishman is exploring solutions based on WiTricity technology that will enable greater freedom for musicians by cutting charging cords on powered equipment for guitars, violins, cellos, banjos, harps and other stringed instruments. When battery charging and power cords are removed from acoustic instruments, Fishman is able to develop unique charging solutions that make it easy to keep their amplification technology fully charged and ready to rock.
“Our company has always been at the cutting edge of sound quality technology for the music industry, and wireless charging is a natural extension to the freedom and technological edge we deliver to artists around the globe,” said Larry Fishman, president of Fishman. “Wireless charging will provide “drop-and-charge” freedom for musicians on the stage and in recording studios, requiring one less thing to think about while trying to create the music we all enjoy.”
WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology offers flexible positioning for effortless wireless charging, as well as the ability to charge through materials such as plastic and wood. This freedom will allow sound technology designers to remove contacts and charging jacks and create systems that reduce clutter, ease installation and maintenance, and create “wire-free” freedom for musicians. In addition, with the increased ease and opportunity of wireless charging, battery size may be reduced, decreasing weight and offering a more ergonomic experience for musicians and equipment handlers.
“Flexible wireless charging allows musicians to focus on their art instead of fussing with charging cables or batteries,” said David Schatz, WiTricity vice president of business development. “Wireless charging from WiTricity perfectly complements Fishman’s industry-leading technology for sound quality and amplification, and we look forward to working with Fishman to deliver a better user experience for musicians and instrument makers.”
Since 1981, the Fishman name has been synonymous with acoustic amplification. With over 30 patents, engineer/musician Larry Fishman continues to drive the acoustic amplification market with innovative products and technologies that redefine the benchmark of acoustic sound. The company’s diverse, category leading product line includes the industry standard Matrix Infinity, SA220 performance system and Loudbox amplifiers. Fishman is located in Andover, MA and may be found online at www.fishman.com.
WiTricity Corporation provides technology to enable wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, semiconductor offerings, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global customers in the consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense industries, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance. For more information, visit www.witricity.com, or follow WiTricity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.
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