Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Transmitting power without wires!

My best friend (after my wife of course) MaTT just found a GREAT treasure on

From ThinkGeek:
Just plug the Wireless Extension Cord (WEC) base unit into a standard wall outlet, and plug whatever you need into the satellite unit. The WEC uses microwaves in the 7.2GHz range, so it won't interfere with wireless networks, Bluetooth components, etc. Now, all you need to do is adjust the antennae on the two units so they are aimed at each other. Turn everything on and you have the power! The distance the WEC units can broadcast differs from situation to situation (due to interference of such things as walls, power lines, and microwave ovens), but we've beamed power over 300 feet! The future is wireless - and the WEC's are your ticket to the future.
This could be VERY handy on a rover. I would put on one each rover in case it gets stuck or too far from a charging station. It sends out a signal of where it is and that is needs power. Charging station can locate the rover and adjust the sending panel and transmit power to the power hungry rover.

MaTT was also the man to bring the Powerpad to my attention. This is the actual site he gave me... See how the technology works here.


Elaine said...

That's pretty cool. You're really stuck on this rover thing, aren't you. LOL

MaTT said...

...He's stuck on rovers like bandaid brand sticks on me :-)

AppsByAaron said...

If i had a $20k grant I would build one in a heartbeat! You know how I am. Once I get an idea in my head it consumes me until I figure it out. I just don't understand why NASA hasn't thought about all this yet.