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Written by: Gabriel Kardonski
Written on: June 15th, 2016
Tags: energy & sustainability, power, lifestyle, electrical engineering, communication
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I am currently a junior undergraduate student at USC. I was born and raised in Panama City, and my major is Industrial and Systems Engineering. Living in Central America pushed me to study engineering because I saw the room and the need for technological and operational improvement.
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Volume XVII Issue II > A Wireless World Is a Better World
The wireless transfer of electrical power is a technological concept that has been around since the late 19th century. However, this technology was never fully developed for commercial use, and after the death of its discoverer, Nicola Tesla, it became obsolete for almost a century. This technology was finally revived in the year 2007 by an MIT professor who discovered HRWPT (High Resonance Wireless Power Transfer), and founded a company that is currently working towards the mass commercial implementation of this new technology, which will shape the next generation of electronics.

Introduction

Have you ever found your phone out to be out of battery without a charger around? Ever had any other devices need a wall socket, only to not find any nearby? If you are a human being of the 21st century, then wires have probably posed a challenge at one point or another. Now, imagine a world where things don’t have to be plugged into the wall and electricity simply travels through the air. This may sound crazy, but since electricity does travel through the air in the form of electric and magnetic fields, it can actually be converted to power for everyday use.
Wireless power transfer is not a new discovery; in fact, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison’s contemporary and archrival, created devices that could transfer electrical power wirelessly in the late 19th century [1]. In 2007, a team of MIT students revisited the realms of wireless power transfer with a successful experiment, which consequently gave birth to WiTricity, the only corporation dedicated to making wireless power transfer available for consumers [2] [3].