Sometimes you run across a technology that just makes you start salivating, something that is either so cool or so useful you want it immediately. Thanks to KentLangle I recently came across a company that has been working on wireless power and I had that moment. Imagine using your laptop anywhere in your house or office and, with no wires, and always having a full battery. That’s what wireless power promises.
Powercast’s Lifetime Power is a solution that uses special batteries and an RF receiver module to receive power wirelessly from a RF transmitter module. Image a RF transmitter built into each of your electrical outlets and all of your portable electronics using the special batteries with the RF receiver modules built into them. You would never have to plug in your devices again! Truely lifetime power for your devices…how sweet would that be! It would definitely stop the complaining about Apple’s new sealed internal batteries.
Assuming there is no health concerns from this technique, and that they can increase the wattage that can be transmitted to provide the power needs of most mobile devices today, this is truly a revolutionary technology. Now, if Powercast can only get some more funding to get the technology off the ground; based upon their website, it looks like that is what is currently holding them back.
Sounds interesting, I wonder how efficient and “green” it will be however…
January 13th, 2009 at 2:44 pm
Yes, I didn’t want to go down the entire green/efficiency/health path. If the thing is broadcasting a RF signal constantly to charge devices, then it’s always drawing juice…even if the devices are not there to accept the charge. Makes you wonder what the power loss is as well. Could end up being not the greenest of tech…