We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
But how long before kooks, cranks and paranoid psychotics claim that the electromagnetism is giving them health problems? Well, all they need are nice tin foil hats to keep them safe. Like the basic household one I am modeling in the photo.
People have been claiming health problems from electromagnetism since the first telegraph wires went up. If this goes mainstream, expect lots of court cases.
From the description, the new companies have found a way around a main objecton to Tesla's proposals - how to bill for the power. Supply power the usual (Edison/Westinghouse) way to a component in the household, which then projects it wirelessly.
I do wonder, though, if individual dwellings would have to be built as Faraday cages to keep theft down. And how would it work in apartments? They are doubtless working on such questions, I just hope it does not end with some sort of password/biometrics kludge.
Wow. Comments I agree with. Tesla was a genius, people claim health problems from anything. and this would indeed revolutionize the world.
And the best 'Let's get it working first.' is correct.
That was not sarcasm. I do agree with those comments.
Reality Check: Everything described in the article works and has been shown and known to work for decades. And has been largely useless.
I qualified 'useless' because any technology can find a niche use in one place or another.
But there is some hope. Refinements have slowly been made and more niches found where these broadcasting power is worthwhile. For the ordinary consumer they may soon be powering a few very low power devices.
And very low power devices keep coming. Each new model of anything electronic seems to require less power. The trend will continue as nanotechnology becomes common.
I'll make a guess that this may have some appeal to the auto industry. Much of the gadgetry in vehicles requires very little power to control but a huge number of wires is used to carry those signals. The wire harnesses are expensive to make, tricky to install, hellish to repair, and have a definite weight automakers would love to be rid of.
And interference should be controllable. A car is already a Faraday Cage in many respects. Preventing these incredibly weak signals from causing mischief outside shouldn't be hard.