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Soon You Will Wirelessly Power Your Devices [Video]

Soon You Will Wirelessly Power Your Devices [Video]

Posted July 24, 2009 at 10:19am by iClarified
WiTricity uses magnetic fields to transmit electricity to a mobile phone, a radio or even an electric car without the need for plugs and cables, according to a BBC report.

A few years ago MIT Professor Marin Soljačić (pronounced Soul-ya-cheech) was standing in his pajamas, staring at his cell phone on the kitchen counter. It was probably the sixth time that month that he was awakened by his mobile phone beeping to let him know that he had forgotten to charge it. At that moment, it occurred to him: "There is electricity wired all through this house, all through my office - everywhere. This phone should take care of its own charging!"

Working in the lab Soljačić was able to build an experimental design consisting of two copper coils, each a self-resonant system. One of the coils, connected to an AC power supply, was the resonant source. The other coil, the resonant capture device, was connected to a 60 watt light bulb. The power source and capture device were suspended in mid-air with nylon thread, at distances that ranged from a few centimeters to over 2.5 meters (8.2 ft). Not only was the light bulb illuminated, but the theoretical predictions of high efficiency over distance were proven experimentally. By placing various objects between the source and capture device, the team demonstrated how the magnetic near field can transfer power through certain materials and around metallic obstacles.

WiTricity was born to commercialize Soljačić's discovery. They have successfully demonstrated wireless power with such devices as the iPhone, an Android handset, and even a TV.

The technology is still under development but should be market ready in about 18 months.

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Nicola Tesla
Nicola Tesla - July 25, 2009 at 10:43am
Nicola Tesla was doing this about 110 years ago, it is sad that no one took him seriously as well; but at least it is coming to life. I hope he receives credit for it. Wireless communication and electricity http://www.solidresource.com/~brain/wirelessa.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_energy_transfer
john - July 24, 2009 at 12:03pm
here comes cancer
ChriB - July 24, 2009 at 11:13am
I completely agree! Just as soon as it becomes VERY interesting he got told to shut up. Damn. Really, what was this mini-interview about? There are so many questions left on how it'll work etc.
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