June 18, 2007 1 Comment
One of the most painful things is charging cables and batteries (since I forever seem to forget them), and that is what a team from MIT is trying to address. They have come up with a concept called WiTricity, or Wireless Electricity. The technology relies on magnetic resonance to enable efficient power transfer between coupled devices at reasonable distances. The project is lead by Marin Soljacic, and his students from MIT.
It is interesting to note that such a thing is even possible, and it will probably lead to a complete shift in paradigms if it can be made commercially viable. It is probably as disruptive a technology as wireless-radio which has transformed communications.
However, it seems that there is still a lot to do before WiTricity will be out of gestation. It might take a few years to a decade. First of all, the technology has to be made viable, and demonstrated to be cheap and easy to use. Secondly, the effect of magnetic resonance radiations to human beings has to be studied and certified to be healthy.