A mobile phone that charges in your pocket, a flat-screen TV that needs no power cord, a car fueled by a cordless panel in the floor: these and other applications of wireless electricity may become part of a future with fewer annoying cables.
WiTricity, a company spun off from research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), aims to redefine how people use energy, making it possible to power devices without ever plugging them into an outlet. In WiTricity’s lab, various devices run on power transmitted via electric coils in the air.
(Not) Plugged In
“It is not hard to imagine that in the next few years, you go to a coffee shop, sit down in a chair, sign into a power zone, and charge your phone or laptop,” said Richard Martin, editorial director for Pike, a market research group that focuses on smart-energy solutions. “We predict this technology…
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