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Finding just the right place to charge a smartphone is often a challenge, even in one’s own house, and plugging in usually means the device’s user isn’t straying more than a few feet from the wall outlet if they want to use that device while it’s charging.
Wireless charging pads can help, but are a bit of a misnomer since devices like smartphone and smart watches need to be on the pad to keep charging. What if there was a way to enable real wireless charging, untethered from a wall outlet?
Smart wireless power company WiGL (pronounced “wiggle”) may have a solution. The company recently completed an experiment demonstrating an ad-hoc mesh networking capability to allow wireless recharging of connected devices at distances of more than five feet from a power source. In this case, the power source would be one of a series of transmitters on a wireless grid LAN (WiGL), embedded in walls or deployed in other ways around an indoor space. Each transmitter would be equipped with cellular-like beam-steering to allow a device in movement around a room to continue receiving a power charge as its signal gets handed off from one transmitter to another.
Imagine if you never had to plug your phone or laptop in again to charge it. This is not a new concept but it is one that comes closer every single day. WiGL and the team 5G guys takes a look into wireless charging and how it will change our future lives.
Join 5G guys as they talk with WiGL’s – Cherif Chibane, he has been researching and developing communication systems for over 30 years now, has been in development for 3G, 4G, and WiFi to name a few. Cherif talks about the foundation of WiGL and its vision for infinite mobility. You’ll learn about the history of wireless charging that started with Nikola Tesla and how that technology can be used to make our lives more efficient and practical.
Follow the link below to listen in as we talk about the possibilities of the future and the potential wireless charging has. You would never have to remember your charger, and if you needed a quick charge you could find the nearest access point and stay connected no matter where you are. Cherif talks about the specific way that we use RF to emit energy and also answers the dreaded safety and health questions that come along with new technology. The future of wireless charging is inevitable, and it is exciting to see it start unfolding even today.
In an age of increasing mobile power needs, a new technology “cuts the cord” by enabling smart, efficient, and data-rich wireless power delivery with nearly limitless applications.
Robert Rickard, a long-time business entrepreneur and former USAF F-22 pilot, leads RCG Holdings, LLC, as the global licensing authority for a new technology called the Wireless-electric Grid LAN — known as WiGL™ (“wiggle”) — opening the door for public and private industry to change the face of our “plugged in” society.
“Over the past 50 years, the volume, technological advances, and variety of applications for electrically powered devices has grown exponentially,” says Rickard. “As a result, the tradeoff between device usage and device recharge (usually resulting in down time) has become a critical part of how billions of users conduct their daily lives. WiGL™ turns that paradigm on its head. There is now an exciting opportunity for the global marketplace to licence this technology.”
While today’s devices normally recharge using wired field energy (with a cord) or wireless near-field energy (pad recharging), WiGL™ utilizes wireless far-field energy transfer with an exciting twist, by directing and receiving power along with data (that can be encrypted)—similar to how networked devices send and receive data via wireless routers or cell phone calls.
“Think of WiGL’s™ method of routing wireless energy as a power source traffic cop, tracking and sending energy in the same signal as the data (WiFi, cell phone, AC, DC, etc.), and never having to plug in local devices again; that’s the new paradigm,” Rickard says.
In a household, this technology will manifest by repurposing AC outlets as WiGL™ LAN routers or personal area networks (PANs) where individual WiGL™ devices can receive a smart power signal. No plugs, no cords, no having to remember to charge, and completely mobile within range of the P2P or P2MP transmitter. Instant, steerable, targeted power distribution throughout your personal spaces, home or office.
Or, in a number of public contexts, the actual WiFi or cell phone signal carrying data will also be repurposed to carry electrical energy at the same time, greatly reducing the power infrastructure in new construction.
“Imagine going to your favorite morning coffee shop and leaving with batteries at 100 percent and the morning email done—by the same wireless signal,” Rickard says. He imagines this technology will rapidly spread to every smart mobile device with insatiable consumer demand. But this is just a warm up.
The applications aren’t limited to short-range household environments and WiFi frequencies: Solutions exist across the entire electromagnetic frequency spectrum. WiGL™possibilities include utilizing satellites (microwave or laser frequencies) or underground/underwater (very low frequency) relays as transmitting/receiving tools, sending much needed wireless power to first responders, military units, public facilities and more. With critical devices able to be charged or maintained as needed, the efficiency and usability of those devices would be increased instantly.
Critical to our environment, here is a very significant and much needed Green Energy implication that WiGL™ enables: By providing wireless power in a smarter, routed, targeted, and perhaps continuous way, the trend toward bigger, more expensive, sometimes dangerous batteries can finally be curbed. Decreasing the waste, the infrastructure, and the carbon footprint of billions of batteries is a cost benefit game-changer for power companies and large manufacturers. Rickard sees a greener future: “The savings to corporations and the environment is a free byproduct of our technology that every company could benefit from. A rare win-win.”
Businesses worldwide have an immediate opportunity to enter this exciting new technological space by licensing the WiGL™ Utility Patentmethod of combining power and signal in a directed P2P and P2MP wireless ad-hoc LAN. By building on our Utility Patent, wireless energy pioneers have the ability to synchronize, create, and sell products that manage and reduce costs associated with wirelessly powering devices, “Powered by WiGL™!”
In short, for any device that has the ability to use electrical energy, WiGL™ is the enabler for 21st Century wireless electrical solutions and the start of a trillion-dollar “Go Wireless” global initiative.
WiGL, Wigl, Wi-GL, and the Wireless Electrical Grid LAN are trademarked in the United States, all rights reserved. For more information about WiGL licensing, Utility Patent information and various engagement options, contact RCG Holdings at r.rickard@WiGLpower.com
Originally Posted on PRWeb
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There are plenty of ways WiGL will bring targeted wireless power to places that historically hasn’t had it in mobile abundance. From first responders to law enforcement to space, the application opportunities are virtually endless.
While that is pretty exciting all by itself, it’s also pretty incredible to watch as WiGL technology finds a home with other emerging technologies.
One of the big emerging advances taking place alongside the Wireless-electric Grid LAN is nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the innovation of solutions and devices that are smaller than 100 nanometers.
The kinds of things nanotechnology is bringing about are pretty incredible.
From delivering medications to accelerating healing, to killing malignant cells to editing individual atoms or molecules themselves, nanoparticles seek to revolutionize healthcare.
Researchers have developed nanoparticles that release insulin when glucose levels rise. The nanoparticles contain both insulin and an enzyme that dissolve in high levels of glucose. When the enzyme dissolves the insulin is released. In lab test these nanoparticles were able to control blood sugar levels for several days.
– from Understanding Nano
Scientists recently have come up with a nanodevice that detects low concentrations of cancer markers, allowing doctors to diagnose cancer in its earliest stages, long before symptoms appear.
According to the University of New South Wales:
“Developing ultrasensitive cancer marker sensors is critical because it allows for very early detection after the cancer has occurred but before any symptoms start appearing,” said Professor Gooding, from the School of Chemistry at UNSW Science. “The best way to cure cancer is to detect and diagnose it early. What this sensor can do is detect biomarkers and single molecules at much lower levels than current blood tests can, and we can get results in several minutes.”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg with regard to cancer treatment and nanotech. A program at Northeastern University is training medical students to become cancer researchers by getting them in front of the world’s best researchers in biomedicine.
The question becomes — what makes these microscopic, molecular-level devices run?
Scientific American wrote about the various ways nanotechnology has been powered:
Options include exploiting random vibrations or motions (such as those near a roadway), temperature gradients (for example, ground temperature is fairly constant several meters below the surface), biochemistry, and external energy sources such as ultrasonic waves or even audible noises.
Even now, microtechnology has developed a single-channel neurostimulator containing a millimeter-sized wireless receiver coil. That means it can receive instantaneous, wirelessly broadcast power to do its micro-scale work, which is to stimulate neurons in the visual cortex — leading to improved vision.
One of the most promising external energy sources could be the signals emitted through the Wireless-electric Grid LAN (WiGL).
Technology, as we’ve seen in the semiconductor industry, continues to get smaller, and just as microdevices can be equipped with receiver coils, so too could nanodevices. Whether through satellite, mobile transmitters or even various “hotspots,” these devices could receive constant, targeted power to allow this technology to do its job unhindered and uninterrupted.
Nanotechnology is expected to experience stratospheric growth over the next several years, and while the possibilities continue to excite and amaze, one of the big questions is going to be how these devices will be powered. WiGL fundamentally and wholly answers that question.
Just as cell towers provide wireless data to waiting devices, power could be distributed to any size WiGL receiver — from massive construction equipment to the nanoscopic, life-saving device.
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