GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids wireless power and charging technology developer Gill Electronics Inc. said Tuesday that the company’s TesLink products have been chosen for wireless charging at an apartment complex in Denver meant to combine affordability, the latest technology and energy efficiency.
A startup called iUnit is building its Highland Park complex in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood. The project consists of 40 “iUnits” — 30 studios and 10 one-bedroom apartments.
“We’re focused on providing the best user experience and performance related to wireless power and charging,” said Gill Electronics CTO Brad Miller. “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.”
Added iUnit founder Brice Leconte: “Our goal in developing this project was to reinvent how buildings were designed and erected as well as how people interact within them. 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.”
Highland Park’s iUnits are 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 percent lower price than standard construction. Tenants will use an 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. The company’s goal is to create a net-zero carbon footprint in each of its buildings.
Gill Electronics developed the first system for charging low speed vehicles and golf carts in 2007. It developed an RF-based wireless power charging unit for office furniture in 2009. It introduced the first commercially available, FCC-certified wireless charging applications for mobile devices compliant to the industry standard, AirFuel, in 2014.
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Gill Electronics is part of Gill Industries, a manufacturer of engineered assemblies and modules for the automotive, furniture and other industries that was founded in 1964. More at www.gill-industries.com.