This new feature will establish me as a futurist, one who extrapolates from current trends and practices and then leaps with abandon to postulate what will be.
There are already technologies that allow for charging devices without the need of cords, but in the future our electronic devices will be able to draw their charge from the air, just as today with are able to have wireless internet access. There will be “charge points” and entire charging networks established such that in many cities and towns one will need no cords, either for connection to the nets or to power devices.
UPDATE: The MIT project that Mike referred to in the comments can be found here. It is accompanied by photo:
Sadly, all the team members died of massive tumors a mere 9 months after this picture was taken…
8 thoughts on “Futurist Friday: Wireless Charging”
They figured out how to wirelessly “plug things in” at MIT about two years ago.
Thanks Mike. But it is not yet ubiquitous. That is the “futurist” part. 🙂 A bit like biblical prophecy: astute observations of social and political circumstances from which one extrapolates.
Of course this is all dependent on the industry being able to decide on one standard for this. Once they do that, this will will go from futuristic, to the future.
Which is why being a futurist is great; no concerns about implementation!
True. It’s what makes SCIFI so great. On another note, I remember some commercial products for wireless power at CES 2006 I believe it was (along with the coolest demo of in-car voice recognition).
The big question is how many watts of power were needed at the wall to drive the 60 watt bulb.
My main futurist prediction is that the meaning of AI, Artificial Intelligence, will eventually change to Artificial Incompetence.
Is that before or after it turns into Skynet?
Travis, the relationship between AI in its various meanings and Skynet has been thoroughly explored here.