This week, several new breakthroughs in how you can deliver electricity to your tech and still keep your house free from the clutter of cables have come to the market.
The first, is a wireless plastic electrical sheet which can transmit up to 40 watts of electricity with over 80% efficiency to gadgets “sitting on it or in close proximity.” The plastic sheeting is 1mm thick and includes an organic transistor called pentacene – which can be manipulated quite easily to deliver the electrical current without the need of wires connecting it. The transistors were printed in four layers with an ink-jet printer and special electronic “inks.” It’ll take about 5 years for the product to make it’s way to consumers, but when it does it’ll be inexpensive enough that it could become a standard ingredient in the design of desks, floors, ceilings, walls, ushering in a “new class of electronic devices”.
What’s available now on the market are flat wires that can be installed directly onto the walls and painted over. They are simply flat stuck on the wall – thanks to it’s adhesive backing – and are claimed to be completely invisible once painted over. The wiring can be used for high-voltage electrical, low-voltage lighting, Cat5e, coaxial cable, speaker wire, and even component video, and HDMI/DVI.
Course, they aren’t cheap – about $129.99 for 20 feet of component video cable, and $44.75 for 25 feet of speaker wire.