How many of us wish we could rid our homes and workspaces of the spaghetti-tangle of electrical wires? PowerBeam may have the answer, with their WiTricity. The US based company recently unveiled their wireless electricity technology, which will hopefully one day do away with the dozens of cables. Their technology allows a small plate to receive safe-as-radio-wave transmissions that are then converted into electricity, and can be used to power gadgets placed on them.
In the future larger plates can be set in to building structures, and power an entire home. While they are currently working on a receiver which will mean an electrical product will not need direct contact to charge. At present technology allows 1.5 watts of power to be beamed about 10 meters.
Looking to the future, the removal of wires would create an unimposing, chaos free and peaceful space which could encourage a notion of going back to basics. Mpdclick’s autumn/winter 10/11 trend Cleanse realizes a world where technology is used to aid everyday life; rather than adding to it, it simply enhances it. Similarly the spring/summer 2011 forecast trend Austerity marks the need for simplicity, minimalism and function, rather than aesthetics, in our lives. Austerity takes influence from the simplistic lives of travelers, and even the Amish, going back to the days before wires and electricity took over our homes and everyday lives.