Researchers demonstrate wireless power, charge devices from across the room
Even if you do not own one, you probably know what a wireless charging device is. Place your device on an inductive plate and the battery starts taking a charge. A group of talented scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology demonstrated a system that can not only charge one mobile phone from up to 15 feet away, but 40 mobile phones simultaneously.
The technology, called Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS), uses magnetic fields which are capable of also providing power to larger appliances like televisions and laptop computers. DCRS is an evolution of technology that was worked on at MIT in 2007, called Couple Magnetic Resonance System (CMRS).
With DCRS, it is possible to power a large LED TV along with 3 40-watt fans over a 5 meter distance. The maximum power output at 3 meters is roughly 1,400 watts. Efficiency diminishes over longer distances though. Still, at 5 meters, with outputs as high as 209 watts at 20kHz, DCRS can push enough power to charge 40 mobile phones at once.
There are a number of areas that need continued study before we see commercial applications to this technology. First, such an environment pretty much means that anyone with a credit card is going to have said cards erased every time they enter the room. Also, with the amount of power being transmitted as electromagnetic waves across a given space, there is no data as to what impact, if any, such energy would have on people, and pets, big and small.
We have to tip our hat to the idea though, keeping our phone charged simply by being in the room sounds pretty convenient, not to mention adios to wires tangling things up everywhere.
sources: EurekAlert via GigaOM
1. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 304; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
I already keep my phone in my front pocket close to my nuts, that's about as much radiation I'm willing to expose them to. this tech, although very appealing, also sounds like it has the potential to do even more harm to them.
2. quakan (Posts: 1184; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Thumbs up because you literally made me lol.
4. Finalflash (Posts: 1737; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Well, small price to pay for always charged devices and possibly free birth control. Worst case scenario I have to wear a chain link armor around by balls but really, that can only help in the summer and winter.
5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3016; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Look at the bright side -- you might be able to have some transformers as kids with this new tech.
6. Brosepower (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)
Finally someone knows who and what Nicola Tesla did. One of the very few that I have seen that recognizes that Tesla was dozens if not hundreds of years ahead of his time.
7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3016; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Tesla was a visionary scientist. Who was crushed because his ideas upset the status quo. I don't think we'd have this huge dependence on batteries if Tesla's work had been supported instead of condemned.
14. marbovo (Posts: 644; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Thats why my son is called Nicolas... lol(true)
16. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Did somebody just mention my name
8. PBXtech (Posts: 977; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Was thinking that too. Tesla was the architect of the 21st century.
11. JC557 (Posts: 1066; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I wonder how advanced we would be if more of Tesla's ideas came to fruition during his lifetime.
12. PBXtech (Posts: 977; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Some of his inventions were scary, he had a lot of technology with military implications. Between Tesla and Howard Hughes, a lot of advancements were made that we use today.
Supposedly the government raided his offices after his death. I wonder what was in the notes they collected.
13. jroc74 (Posts: 4732; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
The only flashlight apps I use are made by TeslaCoil Software. For some reason they are the least buggy of the few I tried.
Looking at their catalog...I use most of their apps on my Android phone. I wonder do they have a connection to Nicola.
9. tedkord (Posts: 4746; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Pfffft. Korea copying again. MIT should sue them for infringing their patent on charging anything with electricity.
Do you see now how its possible to innovate on top of other innovation, and how silly, overbroad patents stifle innovation?
15. kylehudsons (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Well, as expected of KAIST... top uni in Korea....