Apparently I actually won’t be making any millions after all. A group of students from MIT’s Department of Physics, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (is it just me, or is that a deeply disturbing name for an institute?) have achieved exactly what I was theorising:
Realizing their recent theoretical prediction, they were able to light a 60W light bulb from a power source seven feet (more than two meters) away; there was no physical connection between the source and the appliance.
They call it “WiTricity” as in wireless electricity. The whole idea is based on “magnetically coupled resonance”, which means the power sender and receiver resonate at the same frequency, creating an exclusive 1-to-1 channel for the power, which means the electricity doesn’t disperse into the environment or other objects resonating at different frequencies. So one day your laptop, ipod, handy, crackberry and jetpack should be able to charge themselves, as long as the café you’re sitting in has the right kind of vibes. Can’t wait to throw all my cables away! Woohoo! Complete article at MIT News. [thanks for the heads up sis!]