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    Rart's Avatar Hold The Line
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    A cordless future for electricity?
    September 2nd, 2009

    " Electronics such as phones and laptops may start shedding their power cords within a year.

    That's the prediction of Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity, a company that's able to power light bulbs using wireless electricity that travels several feet from a power socket.

    WiTricity's version of wireless electricity -- which converts power into a magnetic field and sends it sailing through the air at a particular frequency -- still needs to be refined a bit, he said, but should be commercially available soon.

    Giler, whose company is a spinoff of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research group, says wireless electricity has the potential to cut the need for power cords and throw-away batteries.

    "Five years for now, this will seem completely normal," he said.

    "The biggest effect of wireless power is attacking that huge energy wasting that goes on where people buy disposable batteries," he said.

    It also will make electric cars more attractive to consumers, he said, because they will be able to power up their vehicles simply by driving into a garage that's fitted with a wireless power mat.

    Electric cars are "absolutely gorgeous," he added, "but does anyone really want to plug them in?"

    Ideas about wireless electricity have been floating around the world of technology for more than a century. Nikola Tesla started toying with the ability to send electricity through the air in the 1890s. Since then, though, making wireless electricity technology safe and cheap enough to put on the market has been an arduous task for researchers.

    Engineers have developed several ways to convert electricity into something that's safe to send through the air without a wire. Some of their technologies are available on commercial scales, but they have some limits. "

    Source: A cordless future for electricity? Homepage: CNN
    Last edited by Rart; 09-02-2009 at 04:09 PM.

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    I've been hearing about this technology for a few years but I never knew it was so far along. This can open the floodgates to loads of knew gadgets but will suck for people like duracell, lol

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    This is bad news. We have too many wireless things and now electricity. How harmful all this wireless to our health is not known. Future generation will be paying this with their health.

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    We'll all get brain cancer.
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    Sounds good but there seams to be way to many what ifs still

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    Some Japanese phone companies started charging mobile phones over the air waves last year.
    It’s the lack of Current that’s the main obstacle.

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    From what I've been reading the technology is based on magnetism and the planet generates a massive magnetic force but don't get me wrong, there will be people sensitive to this like some people are sensitive to phone signals etc

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    djerholler69's Avatar Love Bytes! BT Rep: +3
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    saw the demonstration and it is indeed an interesting invention to look out for. Of course, the effects on our bodies can be debatable and I hope the creators take serious consideration into that. I wouldn't want mutations/etc. happening if I charge my phone


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