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Disney creates wireless power source, able to charge a mobile phone anywhere in a room

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Disney Research has recently revealed research into tech that could power a mobile phone as soon as it enters a room.

They call it “Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer,” which is a long way of saying we are on our way to cutting our need for power cords.

With a properly designed room containing “purpose-built structures” made of aluminum along with a copper pipe in the center of the room circled by capacitors, around 1900 watts of free-flowing power can be disseminated into the air without risk of harming people within – as long as you keep a distance of at least 46cm away from that center pole. These restrictions are temporary, as the future of this technology may simply require “conductive paint” or “modular panels,” the research suggests.

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While their system is far from commercial ready, it’s no less impressive and as they develop it further in the coming years, it’s not hard to believe that Disney could (eventually) equip their theme parks with wireless power zones, allowing guests to charge their electronic devices by simply entering the space. If entire attraction queues were flooded with wireless power, guests would never have to worry about draining their batteries by killing time with their devices while waiting. Likewise, one could imagine Disney’s parks one day being populated by free-roaming Audio-Animatronics figures, able to run throughout the day via wireless power sources.

Read the full research here.

Via Ars Technica UK

16 Comments

  1. William

    Yeah, Disney didn’t create this technology so you’re headline is completely false and misleading. Disney research is less of a scientific research center and more of a small team that goes out and finds technology that other people are working on. If the technology might have a practical impact for the business they invest some money in the other companies doing the research in exchange for slapping a “Disney Research” sticker on someone else’s work. Disney didn’t create this technology. A quick YouTube or google search of wireless charging technologies would tell you that.

    1. Jim

      How would Disney know to pay the author if Disney isn’t credited?

    2. Matthew Speicher

      fake news. sad.

    3. Aly

      I mean like….other people may have come up with the same concept, but I’m sure Disney DID invent their own technology around the same concept.

  2. Syler Bennet

    NeoGAF. Malyse is one of the most disliked users on the form. Voat agrees with you!

  3. Jon

    That tone at the end. What is it. Need for wake up alarm.

  4. Jeremy

    Tesla originally came up with the Idea, and then there was a group who did a TED talk about it and proved it can power a TV. Disney had no part in it. This is more of clickbait than news. here is a link to the TED talk about the wireless electricity.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4sAzaKfbRc

  5. Fred

    “Disney’s parks one day being populated by free-roaming Audio-Animatronics figures, able to run throughout the day via wireless power sources.”

    uhhhh…no thank you. I’ve seen how this story ends.

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