Summary Description: PowerBeam’s patented wireless electricity system uses optical
transmitters and recievers to deliver power without wires. The optical
technology turns electricity into optical power. That power is then
beamed across open space into a receiver. Similar to a solar cell, the
receiver turns the optical power back into electricity. Whatever device
is attached to the receiver is powered without any wires.
David Graham - CEO
David Graham is the founding CEO of PowerBeam. Prior to PowerBeam he
founded Poa Sana, which created a leading optical touch sensor design.
Poa Sana’s technology was acquired by National Semiconductor in 2003.
He has also worked for National, Microsoft, DIVA Systems (a spin-out of
SRI International), and a series of other high tech companies. He holds
fundamental patents in the field of electronic and optical systems.
David Graham has a BA in Government from Harvard University, “the only
meaningful credential for an inventor and entrepreneur.”
Christopher Surdi - Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing
Surdi is a serial entrepreneur with a specialty in Marketing and
Business Development. His interest in life changing, disruptive
technologies is what attracted him to PowerBeam. Mr. Surdi firmly
believes that PowerBeam has figured out what scientists have been
trying to discover since the discovery of the light bulb and feels that
wireless electricity will not only improve our current electrical needs
but will spawn a wave of new inventions and technologies useful on this
earth and beyond.
Mr. Surdi has extensive
knowledge in the start up environment, has many entrepreneurial
achievements and a great deal of experience in leadership. In 2002, Mr.
Surdi launched an internet company called Phastcash.com which returned
its investment in nine months. In 2006, he co-founded a company called
Global Educational Program which is currently the premier firm
providing Business Development for foreign executives and students in
the Silicon Valley. He has also won a number of awards in
entrepreneurship at both the local and national level.
Aakash Sahai - Research Scientist Aakash Sahai brings with him to Powerbeam, valuable R&D experience
in successfully commercialized communications technologies. While at
Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technologies he was intricately involved with the
development of mobile-TV Physical layer based on wideband-OFDM receive
& transmit systems. He has also worked on multi-carrier DSL
systems, developing algorithms for Network capacity optimization in
real-world A/VDSL deployments. He graduated with an MS in EE from
Stanford University in 2005.
Problem to be Solved:No matter what you do,
you can not have an outlet in every square or cube foot within a room.With PowerBeam, you can.The main problems with a cord are; expensive
installs, placement limitations, aesthetics, convenience and, most importantly,
the dead battery.
Solution:PowerBeam has the ability to “beam” power to any
device anywhere within line of sight.Meaning, you can place your PowerBeam Floor Lamp anywhere you want in
the room.You can hang a 14 inch Digital
Photo Frame on the wall without the unappealing cord hanging down.You can install Lights without calling an
expensive electrician and most importantly, you can power your laptop and other
mobile devices at any time without having to plug it in to recharge the
battery.With PowerBeam’s solution, the
word “recharge” will be deleted from our everyday vocabulary and devices will
work continuously all day long without any inconvenience or interruptions due
to power lose.
Market Size: The initial markets are wireless power supplies to wireless
audio speakers, digital picture frames, advertising displays, lights, and home
automation products.These “low hanging
fruit” opportunities addressable only by PowerBeam combine to $200M in 4
years.Over time, PowerBeam will sell
its components into other devices as well.
By 2013 the high volume
market will be consumer electronics, including laptop computers, cell phones,
and other devices. The hardware opportunity is comparable to the 802.11 market,
currently $3.45B per year.
Revenue Model: Initially, PowerBeam is a component vendor in the
consumer and industrial electronics markets.Over time, the model will evolve to sell original products and license
Stage/Current Customers:Currently we are making custom prototypes for several large Consumer Electronic companies. Should these samples meet specification, these CE companies plan to make a purchase for volume production.
PowerBeam’s Strategic Advantages
with the IEC 60825-1 standard
TUV test will prove compliance and can sale immediately, globally
manufacture and deliver within 6 months
new inventions required
and potatoes process
safe laser diodes that are invisible
with IEC standard
PowerBeam safety system, no one will ever come in contact with energy
not interfere with any wireless data technology
not emit RF
is scalable from 20 mW to 10’s of watts and more if required
is scalable from 1 ft to 100 meters and more if required
be very small and fit within the framework of many devices both on transmit and
term, it would be ideal to create PowerBlubs and PowerTubes on the transmit
sideto run off the lighting
and safety system make its presence completely unknown
one will ever know it’s in the room
laser diodes are getting smaller, more powerful, more efficient and cheaper
without PowerBeam intervention
lasers (co: QD Laser)
of Optical Communications Industry
solar cells becoming more efficient and cheaper without PowerBeam intervention
of the Solar Industry and green movement
power requirements for many CE products have reduced dramatically
has a blocking position on optical power transfer
relate to safety and usability
can also transmit data if required
have an IRDA back channel so could piggyback off of that