A century later Nikola Tesla’s idea of wireless electricity has become reality. A startup called WiTricity has been able to develop prototypes that are able to wirelessly transfer power over small distances. Katie Hall, The company’s Chief Technology Officer, explains that “we’re not actually putting electricity in the air. What we’re doing is putting a magnetic field in the air (CNN).” The transmission waves are said to be similar to the waves that create WiFi. The transmission process uses live electric coils to create a magnetic field. Power can be transmitted to a device that enters the field.
Although the technology is still in development, it could have remarkable implications on the future of our world. The wireless transmission of electricity could eliminate the need to charge any electrical device. This would cause productivity increases all over the global economy. For example, the inefficiencies caused by devices running out of power would decrease. The article highlights the use of wireless charging in internal medical devices and electric cars. Hall makes a powerful prediction near the end of the article: “The idea of eliminating cables would allow us to re-design things in ways that we haven’t yet thought of, that’s just going to make our devices and everything that we interact with, that much more efficient, more practical and maybe even give brand new functionality (CNN).”
While the future development of this technology is not guaranteed, the adoption of wireless technology could help offset or even counter the headwinds to innovation that Gordon 2012 presents.