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Disney Brings You the Wireless-Powered Room–Is Real-Life TRON Next?

Disney Brings You the Wireless-Powered Room–Is Real-Life TRON Next?

Word association time. I say “quasistatic cavity resonance”; you say…?

“Whaaaa?” or “Heh heh, cavity” are expected. But if you said “enabling purpose-built structures, such as cabinets, rooms, and warehouses, to generate quasistatic magnetic fields that safely deliver kilowatts of power to mobile receivers contained nearly anywhere within,” you win the virtual no-prize.

Made simpler, as seen in this video, it means you can construct a room in which every electrical appliance is powered wirelessly. And who brought you this discovery? Disney research, of course. Presumably they want to make the world of Tron for real, or maybe that’ s just our fantasy of what they’ll do with the idea.

Gizmodo breaks down the potential drawbacks, mainly that the room needs to be made of aluminum, there’s a giant copper pole in the middle, and don’t even think of doing your stripper-themed workout on it because getting closer than 46 cm could be hazardous to your health. And yet, since technology always finds ways to make things smaller, this is a good start. Huge copper pole today, tiny copper spot tomorrow. Point is, if you want a desktop computer that isn’t a big spaghetti snarl of cords and connectors in the back, it can happen. And kids of the future will one day wonder why we ever worried just how many connection ports and power strips we owned.

Before that happens, however, it’s easy to imagine Disney will use this tech for some amazing theme park rides, in which they can hide the copper pole far away from the vehicle track. Star Wars Land, maybe?

Are you ready for wireless rooms? Comment below and let us know.

Image: Disney

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