If I’d invented this, I wouldn’t be looking for job

Prof. Stanley Dubinsky, a purveyor of cool links (more than I have time to read, but keep ’em coming, Stan), passes on this gee-whiz development:

A system that can deliver power to devices without the need for wires has been shown off at a hi-tech conference.

The technique exploits simple physics and can be used to charge a range of electronic devices over many metres.

Eric Giler, chief executive of US firm Witricity, showed mobile phones and televisions charging wirelessly at the TED Global conference in Oxford.

He said the system could replace the miles of expensive power cables and billions of disposable batteries.

“There is something like 40 billion disposable batteries built every year for power that, generally speaking, is used within a few inches or feet of where there is very inexpensive power,” he said.

Trillions of dollars, he said, had also been invested building an infrastructure of wires “to get power from where it is created to where it is used.”

How does “Witricity” work? It “exploits the resonance of low frequency electromagnetic waves.” Duh.

Contemplate the implications. Your electronic stuff just recharging itself where it is. Imagine the eventual implications for electric cars. I don’t know what the range is for this transfer (it seems to suggest about 100 feet), but I expect it will get longer with development. Or maybe not. Still, a car that recharged itself in your driveway without having to be plugged in would really be something.


18 thoughts on “If I’d invented this, I wouldn’t be looking for job

  1. Lee Muller

    I am amazed that folks who suffer hysteria over the disproven scares of “global warming”, “greenhouse gasses”, and “secondhand smoke”, would embrace the nothing of being continually bathed in inductive fields, microwave and macrowave radiation.

    Apparently, they can visualize smoke and smog, and connect them in their minds to non-existent threats to climate and personal health, but since they cannot see electricity, and like the gadgets powered by electricity, they welcome more of it.

  2. Lee Muller

    Hey Burl,

    I saw your “expert” from FactCheck on television Thursday, admitting that the document they posted is not an image of Barack Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth, but something made to look like it, a certificate saying that the birth certificate exists, somewhere.


  3. bud

    Here’s a man who got it. Harry Patch, the last man to fight in the trenches of WW I died earlier today. He understood that war was not worth fighting. Here is a quote from Patch:

    “I met someone from the German side and we both shared the same opinion: we fought, we finished and we were friends,” he said in 2007.
    “It wasn’t worth it.”

    Damn war mongers control the world. It’s time to vote out all these fools who think somehow if we kill a few people who speak a different language things will be better. That wasn’t true in 1918 and it isn’t true today.

  4. doug_ross


    All the money you’d want to fund healthcare for those who don’t have it exists in the Department of Defense budget.

    All we need is politicians who put people ahead of policing the world… you know like Ron Paul.

  5. Burl Burlingame

    Wow, “Lee Muller” doesn’t believe the world outside his basement window actually exists!
    Climatology is based on observation and recordation, not belief systems.
    BTW, the Internet is not made up of “tubes,” either.
    Tinfoil hats might help you with that government mind-ray problem, though.

  6. Brad Warthen

    So bud, which version of “give Peace A Chance” do you prefer — John Lennon’s or Leon Russell’s? (Not many people know Leon’s version, which is not a cover, but entirely different…)

  7. martin

    Burl, do you think, or has he/she done it already, the head of Hawaii’s vital statistics office could call a press conference and explain what the certificate of live birth is and why it’s the only thing available so that this can be laid to rest?
    I wish every birther would request a birth certificate and see what they get.

  8. Lee Muller

    While former journalists and talk show hosts try to provide cover and spin for Obama, he has six teams of lawyers fighting to keep his alleged birth records, passport records, Occidental College applications, Columbia University records, and State Department passport and visa records out of the courts.

    His bunko team releases a phony “certificate” without any physician or hospital information on it, referring to another alleged birth certificate with the number blacked out – what a joke.

  9. Lee Muller

    New Peer Reviewed Study: ‘Falsification of the Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within the Frame of Physics’ by Gerlich & Tscheuschner a new peer reviewed paper has been published in the International Journal of Modern Physics. Purchase the paper at the WSPC website for $ 25.00


    G. Gerlich, R. D. Tscheuschner:

    Falsification Of The Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within The Frame Of Physics.

    International Journal of Modern Physics B, Vol. 23, No. 3 (30 January 2009), 275-364

    World Scientific Publishing Co.

    There is a freely available post-print version 4.0 from the preprint server of the Cornell University:


    Physicist Dr. Gerhard Gerlich, of the Institute of Mathematical Physics at the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig in Germany, and Dr. Ralf D. Tscheuschner co-authored a July 7, 2007 paper titled “Falsification of the Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within the Frame of Physics.”

    The Abstract of the paper reads, in part:
    “(a) there are no common physical laws between the warming phenomenon in glass houses and the

    fictitious atmospheric greenhouse effects;
    (b) there are no calculations to determine an average surface temperature of a planet;
    (c) the frequently mentioned difference of 33 C is a meaningless number calculated wrongly;
    (d) the formulas of cavity radiation are used inappropriately;
    (e) the assumption of a radiative balance is unphysical;
    (f) thermal conductivity and friction must not be set to zero, the atmospheric greenhouse conjecture

    is falsified.” Gerlich and Tscheuschner’s study concluded, “The horror visions of a risen sea level, melting pole caps and developing deserts in North America and in Europe are fictitious consequences of fictitious physical mechanisms, as they cannot be seen even in the climate model computations. The
    emergence of hurricanes and tornadoes cannot be predicted by climate models, because all of these deviations are ruled out. The main strategy of modern CO2-greenhouse gas defenders seems to hide themselves behind more and more pseudo explanations, which are not part of the academic education or even of the physics training.”

    From the Conclusions: “The derivation of statements on the CO2 induced anthropogenic global warming out of the computer simulations lies outside any science.”

  10. bud

    Back to Brad’s original post.

    It seems like there is great potential to provide a charging mechanism on the highways that would keep electric cars continuously charges as they proceed down the highway. The charging could be accomplished by building the device into the guardrails and any vehicle within the 100 ft range of this device would stay continuously charged. That would effectively eliminate the range problem that currently plagues electric cars today.

  11. normivey

    Cool. Maybe the Interstate system could be something like a giant slot car track with contacts on the bottom of your car that pick up electricity from rails embedded in the roadway. Then you would be drawing current from the grid instead of using up your batteries. Each lane could have its own speed limit. Computers controlling the current could adjust for traffic conditions.

  12. normivey


    Just located Leon Russell’s Give Peace a Chance. I like the rollicking gospel-like sound of it. It stands up well next to the Lennon song.

  13. Burl Burlingame

    Gerlich and Tscheuschner’s paper proves the earth isn’t really a greenhouse. There is no actual glass over the atmosphere. Alas, they seem to have mixed up the thermal-transfer properties of convection and radiation. Their paper was not “peer-reviewed” by the journal, either. Interesting that “Lee Muller” will quote this twaddle as gospel whilst claiming there is a vast conspiracy to cover up every aspect of the president’s career. I guess irrational belief systems are hard to shake…

    Normivey’s “slot car” analogy is interesting. Electricity could be generated by the kinetic energy created by moving vehicles.

  14. Lee Muller

    There are actually NO studies which support the political theory of “greenhouse gasses”.

    There is also no evidence of a long-term trend of “global warming”. In fact, most climatologists and meteorologists agree we are in a cooling trend, and the last short term warming trend ended in 1998.

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