Dr Katie Hall is developing ways to transfer power without wires
In the home of the future, wireless energy will be as common as Wi-Fi, she believes
The technology could lead to new and revolutionary medical devices
Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.
Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils – the kind you’d see if you cracked open the back of your freezer.
She walked in and out between the coils and the bulb – and still the bulb glowed.
“I said: ‘Let’s work on this. This is the future.’”
What’s the trick?
“We’re going to transfer power without any kind of wires,” says Dr Hall, now Chief Technology Officer at WiTricity, a startup developing wireless “resonance” technology.
“But, we’re not actually putting electricity in the air. What we’re doing is putting a magnetic field in the air.”
It works like this: WiTricity builds a “Source Resonator,” a coil of electrical wire that generates a magnetic field when power is attached.