It’s a good thing Nikola Tesla never figured out how to time travel, because that cord jungle behind your entertainment center would break his heart—again. It’s been more than a century since he lit incandescent bulbs wirelessly in his lab, and yet you’re still plugging into the wall.
Even your three-pronged socket looks surprised.
My three-pronged socket looks more shocked than surprised, what with all that smoke and all… oh dear. Excuse me.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !
Tesla’s wireless power transmission was a cool dream, and Wired approaches the idea with its typical lack of journalistic rigor.
Yeah, the issue isn’t that we aren’t adopting it. The issue is, his method blows out anything connected to a ground. We’d have to remove the ground from everything, including and ground outs at power plants, to avoid them receiving feedback, power, whatever it’s called, through the ground, and destroying that equipment.
So, yeah, wireless power is really cool, but the amount of redesign required is prohibitive, at least with Tesla’s methods. Maybe if we had gone that route to begin with… but you know, it wasn’t profitable long term for power companies to build that infrastructure and essentially give the power away to everyone. The wires captured the audience and kept them with the companies.
While powering devices wirelessly has a gee-whiz cool factor, it’s not as efficient as doing so with a cable. With a general transmitter, power that can be received drops by the cube of the distance from the receiving device to the transmitting device.