One ring to rule them all … Wireless Electricity

The future of devices and the future of technology is something that you would see a lot of on this blog. So I am certain that you would ask what is that one technology that might change the future for the good. I have written about it before and had highlighted Power Generation as that one technology.

Today well I will add to it, and say Power Generation and Power Transmission. Why transmission, Well Wireless Electricity is here. What I saw today is a revolutionary innovation in technology front. I must say it will change the course of future for human race. Its called WiTricity. As the name suggest, its Wireless Electricity. WiTricity Power is about ransferring electric energy or power over distance without wires. The new system exploits simple physics principles and can be used to charge a range of electronic devices over several meters. One of the first devices to implement this technology is the Palm Pre and its touchstone charger. It still implements charging with touch. But in the future as the technology spills into mainstream devices we will see more interesting implementation.  Here is their presentation at TED.

It has been more than 100 years since this technology was initially discovered. Researchers attribute the delay to develop the technology to limitations of well-known physical laws and a simple lack of need. Only recently have modern consumers obtained a high number of portable electronic devices which currently require batteries and plug-in chargers. Pioneered by the principles of one of the greatest Modern Minds in Physics Nicola Tesla. Can you imagine where we would use these things ??

Consumer Electronics

  • Automatic wireless charging of mobile electronics (phones, laptops, game controllers, etc.) in home, car, office, Wi-Fi hotspots … while devices are in use and mobile.
  • Direct wireless powering of stationary devices (flat screen TV’s, digital picture frames, home theater accessories, wireless loud speakers, etc.) … eliminating expensive custom wiring, unsightly cables and “wall-wart” power supplies.
  • Direct wireless powering of desktop PC peripherals: wireless mouse, keyboard, printer, speakers, display, etc… eliminating disposable batteries and awkward cabling.

Industrial

  • Wireless power and communication interconnections across rotating and moving “joints” (robots, packaging machinery, assembly machinery, machine tools) … eliminating costly and failure-prone wiring.
  • Wireless power and communication interconnections at points of use in harsh environments (drilling, mining, underwater, etc.) … where it is impractical or impossible to run wires.
  • Wireless power for wireless sensors and actuators, eliminating the need for expensive power wiring or battery replacement and disposal.
  • Automatic wireless charging for mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles, cordless tools and instruments…eliminating complex docking mechanisms, and labor intensive manual recharging and battery replacement.

Transportation

  • Wireless charging for existing electric vehicle classes: golf carts, industrial vehicles.
  • Wireless charging for future hybrid and all-electric passenger and commercial vehicles, at home, in parking garages, at fleet depots, and at remote kiosks.
  • Wireless power interconnections to replace costly vehicle wiring harnesses and slip rings.

Some Other Applications

  • Wireless power interconnections and automatic wireless charging for implantable medical devices (ventricular assist devices, pacemaker, defibrilator, etc.).
  • Wireless charging and for high tech military systems (battery powered mobile devices, covert sensors, unmanned mobile robots and aircraft, etc.).
  • Wireless powering and automatic wireless charging of smart cards.
  • Wireless powering and automatic wireless charging of consumer appliances, mobile robots, etc.

Coupled with another technology

Scientists at the Imperial College London’s Department of Aeronautics say they have created a plastic that can store and release electricity, revolutionising the way we use phones and drive cars. It means the cases of mobiles and iPods could soon double up as their power source — leading to gadgets as thin as credit cards. The technology could also lead to flexible computer screens that can be folded up and carried around. The material is not really a battery, but a super capacitor — similar to those found in typical electrical circuits. Even the car of the future could be drawing power from its roof or the door, thanks to the new material.

Now that is a place I want to live in, Really looking forward to the plastic storing electricity and wirelessly charging itself . Beam me up Scotty 😉

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