Will “Witricity” save us from cable clutter?

One can only hope that the end of the power cord is near. The recent news that a group of MIT researchers have developed a wireless way to deliver electricity to a device is very welcome here at Unclutterer.

The team of researchers were able to power a 60 watt light bulb from seven feet away. This is a promising step in what is hopefully an inevitable extinction of the dreaded wire mess that surely lurks in your home or office.

From the Daily Tech:

…the WiTricity project does not transmit biologically harmful electromagnetic radiation during operation. Additionally, line-of-sight issues present in microwave technology disappear with WiTricity; magnetic fields are more-or-less unaffected by non-metallic materials in most environments.

The most current WiTricity experiments use coils approximately 20″ in diameter and operate at distances of approximately two meters. The team hopes to eventually power a notebook from a several meters away.

9 Comments for “Will “Witricity” save us from cable clutter?”

  1. posted by Ryan on

    I can just imagine a cordless home. No stringy wires. No clunky power blocks. No stupidly-placed power outlets. Pure wireless bliss.

    I’m sure that extent of wireless is years away, though.

    But hopefully simple power stations for our devices won’t be that far away.

  2. posted by Geoffrey on

    Heard on NPR about this: it’s VERY inefficient. I just saw today on lifehacker this cool solution


    Use a pegboard to organize cables and power bricks.

  3. posted by WirelessThief on

    Just like with wifi, though, do this in the apartment next to me and I will be stealing the hell out of it.

    Probably to power a chocolate fountain, btw.

  4. posted by Tom Karches on

    Power is just part of the problem. Audio cables. Peripheral cables. It’s going to take the computer manufacturers’ involvement to fix this problem. I like the pegboard idea.

  5. posted by roothorick on

    People pointed out the inefficiency, but I’d also like to mention that it’ll never be economically feasible. Devices using wireless power would cost on average $100 more than their wired counterparts because of the equipment involved. You’d also have to wire up your entire home in EMF resonators. And finally, all that EMF will cause HUGE problems for any sensitive electronics (read: any computer) and they would have to be shielded, adding EVEN MORE to their cost.

    In short, it just isn’t practical.

  6. posted by Matt on

    they’re going to have to work hard on this because I predict that with a home full of wireless electricity, there is going to be major interference with cordless phones, FM receivers, etc

  7. posted by Anonymous on

    Imagine how inefficient many staples of modern life must have seemed at the time of invention or harnessing: the airplane, electricy, the firearm, and on and on. Any major breakthrough such as this tends to become astronomically cheaper and better within the span of a few generations.

  8. posted by ShawnJ on

    Ok, gonna be a bit of a curmudgeon here… sorry. WiFi and wireless power are all ideas (stolen) from Nikola Tesla. The poor guy died broken and under appreciated. And yet, though he had these ideas, designs and theories over 100 years ago, it’s taken this long to produce devices based on his work. Perhaps they did this to either a)take long enough for most people to forget about him, or b)his stuff really was as dangerous as people feared and had to be re-engineered. Still, I think we’re going to start seeing more of this WiFi tech, and then realize the problems with them; i.e. WiFi ‘open-source’ (lol) power can easily be stolen (just like WiFi internet, imagine that). And the EMFs might prove to be more hazardous than realized. It’s still a wonderful and scary new world for this tech. Seriously, though, even though I like WiFi (to some degree) I still prefer most of my devices to require corded power in some manner.
    Think about our reliance on tech devices, like these. What happens to our world when the power goes dark?
    For a novice technophile, I do still have some reservations bordering on technophobia; however, mine is more fearful of our sole reliance and subservience on electro-tech. We need to retain some ‘manual operations and overrides’, no matter how auto-electric things get.

  9. posted by Shaun on

    I’m glad somebody brought up Tesla, I hate when “new” tech comes around and everyone pats themselves on the back, when it’s been done before, and about a century ago to boot.

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