Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Wireless power - another jump

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I reported here earlier about different ways of transmitting power wirelessly. The last among them was about a recent patent from Apple (reported by Hrmpf) which enables the charging to be done without any metal-to-metal contact. Powermat seems to function on the same principle and Electromagnetic Induction seems to be at the heart of the device.

Frankly, I do not see how this innovation frees the people of wires.

Wireless Power
What I do see in the picture are laptops connected to their (shorter) umbilical cords and maybe there's a whole mesh of cables under the charging unit. The Powermat team says "For all those confounded by a tangle of electronic device cables and chargers or a shortage of electrical outlets, Powermat thinks it has the answer".

I think the best way to move forward in a big way would be to do away with wires totally. How is this possible? Two ways - one involving Microwave transmission, as reported here by ThinkGeek and the other involving Electrical Resonance as reported here.

Do you think there is a better way of doing this? Leave comments below and let's start a discussion.

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