Wide Area Induction Network...

Yesterday, one of my FB friends and an engineer posted on her wall that how magnificent it would be that, if electricity could be transmitted without wires.


I have been having this thought often too, after coming to Pune from Bombay, as power outages are quite common in Pune. Specially on Thursdays, when they take weekly routine maintenance. This Thursday, they cut the power at 1000 hrs and it was restored only at 2030 hrs. This was horrible...


I commented on her post, that how about a "Wide Area Induction Network"...And I recieved a reply that "WAIN" would be a great idea...


The name suggests everything, you build an induction network and see to it that loss of energy is minimum through it...And yes it has to be wide enough to make a sense out of it...


I started searching on the topic, and found that people at MIT are already working on it (where else, after all) and they have managed to transmit energy through a distance of 7 feet...


MIT calls it "WiTricity" or Wireless electricity...


So basically what started as an innocent comment, is being really worked on, at no other place than MIT...


Neither the problem nor the work is quite new as Nikola Tesla already worked on it during 1900-1910 and demonstrated effectively that this could be done...


I dont have the T&M resources to work on it full-time, but this is one hell of a very very important and exciting real world problem to work on, so I thought that it would be interesting to work on it as a part-time hobby project...


I guess it would be so awesome to transfer electricity even 7 centimeters apart, without wires, to start with...


Cheers!!!

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