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Posted on November 2008 in Witricity
Ok, so having reported previously that Intel have “taken over where MIT left off”, it seems that according to reports, MIT didn’t actually “leave off”!
According to this article by Scott Kersner, MIT have created a spin-out called WiTricity and have set up an office in Watertown where they are hiring engineers to take the concept and create a more realistic real-world prototype. What’s more they just received $4 million in Series A funding and are already talking to potential customers. Interesting.
As an aside, there is an interesting comment tacked onto that blog article linked above from a company called PowerBeam who it appears are based in India and doing a similar sort of thing via a slightly different route. Now I’m not that technical, but that’s how it sounds to me!
Actually that’s not strictly true because MIT have continued to work on WiTricity since the announcement this time last year but still…
Seems like Intel have taken on the burden (if that’s the right word) of making WiTricity a reality. They’ve just completed a demo, dubbing their system WREL (”wireless resonant energy link”) - even though it’s essentially just what MIT have already showed us - and while they admit it’s probably 5 years away from being a commercial reality, it seems WiTricity is going to have a place in the home after a year or so of wondering.
Since reporting on WiTricity back in 2007, MIT have been working on efficiency and from the origianl 40% efficiency lighting a light bulb at 7 feet, they got it down thus far to 90% efficiency at 3 feet. Intel did a demonstration that basically did the latter.
Now the public demo’s done, Intel are concentrating on shrinking the equipment to “laptop size” with a view to being able to provide a first-stage device that can recharge batteries from a short distance. Next step one assumes is to power a device - 5 years? Maybe longer. But it’s happening.
Posted on June 2007 in Witricity
Ignoring the immediate impact this new technology is having according to Google propagation, if witricity takes hold, the impact goes well beyond the wow factor of wireless electricity. Now MIT have proven the technology, the intention will be to sell it on to someone who can develop it’s commercial application, and this is where it really starts. While right now, tests have succeeded in lighting a bulb at 7 feet, bear in mind it doesn’t even need a clear line of sight - no doubt this is merely the beginning.
The MIT team have already stated that they think witricity could be commonly used in powering mobile and battery driven devices over a short range within 3 to 5 years. Assuming the cost of the technology remains in public or commercial reach Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 2007 in Witricity
For those interested in speculating on the new wireless electricity technology dubbed Witricity it’s perhaps interesting to watch how the whole concept propagates through the Internet following an inaugral introduction. I have been doing exactly that since MIT reported their witricity test findings on June 7th 2007, and Google watchers, domainers and tech-heads may find the following witric.com statistics interesting.
On June 7th at 8am, a search for “Witricity” on Google returned zero results. Yup - zero, 0, nil, zilch, not one. Basically because no-one outside of MIT had heard of it! The BBC picked up on the MIT Witricity report Read the rest of this entry »