AirPower from RCA could make us a truly wireless society

by Mark R

While I was at CTIA Wireless 2010, I saw a booth that had something to say about AirPower.

AirPower is some new technology developed by RCA, and it is designed to steal the energy from the Wi-Fi signals in the air.

I had no idea that those Wi-Fi signals could actually carry any energy, but apparently it only takes five to six hours to juice up one of these AirPower batteries if it is within close proximity of a Wi-Fi hotspot.

These AirPower chargers will be available sometime before the holidays, and they intend to market them as emergency back-up power supplies.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t see why we can’t use this AirPower power supply all of the time. Perhaps we could put smaller versions of these AirPower batteries on our cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, laptops, and other forms of mobile devices.

I mean, this is using the power of Wi-Fi to power a mobile device. This could be the end to charging cables as we know it! It really is everything we want when it comes to powering our mobile device.

In short, the future is looking bright when it comes to mobile gadget power. I’m looking forward to setting up my work at a coffee shop and using the Wi-Fi signal as power. No more searching for an outlet as I would be truly a wireless man.


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Rajan Says: March 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Its like some of those nice things in the world where the idea breaks down if everyone starts doing it.

When this is kept close to a wi-fi hotspot, I guess that it needs to be pretty close – like within 2-3 feet. And then, as it starts charging, the signal in its shadow goes down. And if there are 4-5 people charging, the shadow is going to become irritating.

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