Intel updates the potential of wireless electric charging

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It's been over a year since we wrote about WiTricity, the MIT-developed wireless charging system. While we're still a long, long way from powering all-electric automobiles without heavy and expensive batteries, there is an update on the cordless power idea, this time from Intel. According to AFP, Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated the "Wireless Energy Resonant Link" in San Francisco this week and sent enough power through the air to light up a 60 watt bulb. Too cool. This promted an analyst to comment that, "Initially it eliminates chargers and eventually it eliminates batteries all together." Ener1 or A123 have nothing to worry about just yet, but for those of you who like to look long term, this update presents a glimpse of what might be available in a few decades.

One of those long-termer is ABG tipster Darren S., who wrote in to say, The impact this has on the auto industry is HUGE. With this technology cars would not need to have huge battery packs because power could be broadcast directly in them, rendering battery packs only for when you go "off the broadcast grid" so to speak. You could drive your electric car around and if you're in broadcast range of power, you'd never need worry about ever recharging your battery. You'd never need a drop of fuel again. Why haven't you guys written about this. The first news of it came out last year from MIT. Follow it.

We'll defend ourselves by saying that we did cover this topic last year. But we're happy to bring it up again to see where our readers stand on the topic this year. Is wireless charging going to show up in roads or parking lots any time soon?

[Source: AFP]

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