Researchers Not Giving Up On Dream Of Wireless Power

from the but-I'm-not-the-only-one dept

At some point or another, everybody's fantasized about it: wouldn't it be great if an electronic device could be powered wirelessly, fully eliminating the need for cables? It's an idea that's been talked about for a long time, back to the work of Nikola Tesla. Now a new team of researchers at MIT is going after the problem again. They believe that there's solid physics backing the idea up, and in fact their research builds on Tesla's original work. Still, this is firmly at the theoretical stages. Consider how long it's taking for fuel cell powered mobile devices to take off. We can safely say that this will take a much, much longer, if it ever comes about.

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    rstr5105, 16 Nov 2006 @ 2:04am

    This is feasible

    This is, in actuallity, not only very feasible, but also very likely to occur if the researchers play their cards right and don't stop working on it. I do note that there are problems with power/distance, and that also that is a very highly variable formula because it's affected by stupid things like water vapor in the air. (Stupid clouds! Who needs you?) however, I can see this working.

    On the same note, Another model i can see working a little bit better (if we can improve the piezo technology) is incase a piezo device in our mobile products (again the improvement would require it to generate much more voltage than they already do) design that device so resonate at an AUDIO frequency of say 24gHz (Higher hertz means less atmospheric disruption) and use audio resonation to power our piezo generator.

    I spent four years in the electronics field so I know that in theory that could work, IF we are willing to use an older tech instead of creating new.

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