So I just came across a fascinating piece of technology that is based off of Sir Nikola Tesla's idea of wireless power.
Unlike Qi wireless charging coils in most phones on the market, Tesla’s dream was to be able to transmit power to light bulbs, stoves and various other items over open air waves similarly to radio waves. Unfortunately he was unable to accomplish it, but a little company by the name of "GuRu" has finally begun to achieve this dream.
The company is based out of California's Institute of Technology. They transmit the power via high frequency radio waves that are extremely similar to the ones used for 5G wireless connections. They have 3 machines currently that can transmit the signal.
The first device is a desk sized machine that charge most anything you have sitting in a roughly 3 foot radius, the second one is about the same size as a ceiling tile and has a much larger coverage area, and the last one is a little roaming one that rolls around on wheels like a Roomba and seeks out smaller, more home use devices like cameras a d speakers ect.
The first thought that hit my mind when I thought about this is, how safe is it since it is attempting to transmit enough power to charge devices? Well, according to Co-founder and CEO Florian Bohn it is perfectly safe. The mmWaves that they chose to use are highly accurate and can specifically determine which device(s) need power and send a single, directed beam to the target device, which is the primary reason why you can have this sitting on a table or stuck to a wall without an issue.
That technology is what they call "Smart RF Lensing". It's a technology Bohn's co-founder Ali Hajimiri developed at CalTech alongside Princeton University's Kaushik Sengupta that involves controlling the direction and number of beams that get transmitted. To put it briefly, Smart RF Lensing is what allows Guru to pinpoint the device they are sending the signal to so accurately.
The company brought this amazing tech to CES Jan 7-10th, and more information involving the tech will be available soon after.
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