A friend and I have argued for quite some time about if we will ever have true wireless power, similar to how we have wireless Internet connectivity, Bluetooth, Infrared, etc. I always tell him, if you start sending energy willy-nilly through the air, you will hit someone and kill them.
A company called Powermat has developed some pretty cool technology that creates an “almost” wireless power source. It is called the powermat and utilizes the principles of magnetic induction to transmit electrical power via an ultra thin mat embedded in, or overlaid on, any surface or wall, to electronic devices placed randomly upon it. While not truly wireless, it does seem like it could help de-clutter our cabled power world.
For now, I still think I have won the bet, as technically a device still needs to contact the powermat, but who knows, maybe true wireless power delivery will exist someday…
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