Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pulling the Plug

New technology is being developed to completely eliminate wall outlets, chargers, and even batteries from our day to day lives. This week, Intel demonstrated a system that wirelessly transmits electricity. In the demo, electricity was sent wirelessly to a lamp on stage, lighting a 60 watt bulb.

How can this be safe? According to Intel researcher Josh Smith,
"It turns out the human body is not affected by magnetic fields; it is affected by elective fields. So what we are doing is transmitting energy using the magnetic field not the electric field."
Now...don't get too excited. Intel's chief technology officer estimates that this type of technology will not go mainstream until 2050. The Energizer Bunny will have quite some time to add to his nest egg.

Regardless...exciting stuff.

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