Disney’s Wireless Charging Room
Disney, one of the most known company in the world for their cartoons, princesses and theme parks. They have always been a place of mystery. Disney has now taken it to the next level, by building a wireless charging room in one of their theme parks. To be exact, Disney Research (apparently Disney has a tech branch), has developed a Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer.
And apparently it’s not that hard to create either. Disney researchers claim that all it takes is a room that’s been completely covered with aluminium and a vertical copper pipe from floor to the ceiling. It created a magnetic field that any device can harness electricity from, without having to use any charging pads or dongles. And the best part, the technology is completely harmless to you.
“This new innovative method will make it possible for electrical power to become as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi. This, in turn, could enable new applications for robots and other small mobile devices by eliminating the need to replace batteries and wires for charging,” Alanson Sample, associate lab director and principal research scientist at Disney Research.
Just check out this informative video by Disney Research!
With the combination of the materials and specific room layout, the electricity can keep on looping in an endless cycle. It kind of sounds dangerous that you have electricity all over the room, but that’s actually not the case at all. The electricity is regulated in the copper pipe with capacitors so that the magnetic field inside the room has no electricity. According to tests, the room was able to generate 1.9kW of electricity. That is enough to power 320 USB powered devices.
I’m really happy to see that new solutions are being developed to bring real wireless charging closer to us. This might be a clear sign for Apple to start creating something revolutionary again. Especially since they recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium. Either way, what Disney has done is something amazing and pretty spectacular to witness. Hopefully we will soon see the technolog in restaurants and other public spaces as well.