Consumer Electronics Show Presets 'Wireless Power'
Tue, 06 Jan 2009 10:54:49
A Guardian report has revealed one of the major buzz topics for this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently "wireless power" (a.k.a. "WiTricity") is on the way, including such products as lights, speakers and digital picture frames.
"If each room had wireless power," explained James Holland, the editor of Electricpig.co.uk, "You'd know that once you walked through the front door your mobile would start charging up—even while still in your bag or pocket. You'd never need to hunt for the right charger again."
PowerBeam is one of the companies showcasing the new wireless technology at CES. Their system converts electrical currents into an invisible laser, beaming it across a room to a solar cell that can convert it into power.
"We're going to delete the word 'recharge' from the English dictionary," David Graham, PowerBeam's co-founder, said in an Observer story. "If your cellphone is recharging on your desk all day, you won't be thinking about it."
As for concerns about possible connections between this kind of power and cancer, scientists say wireless power would only interact with gadgets that "resonate" with its field of energy. In other words, your brain's safe.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff