Disney Research Developing Room with Wireless Power Source
Posted on 02/23/2017
Officials from Disney Research’s scientific and tech department have announced that they built a room which allows electronic devices to be charged wirelessly, similar to the way Wi-Fi provides internet access.
According to CNet.com, Disney’s prototype room harnesses quasistatic cavity resonance to deliver power to mobile devices by generating magnetic fields inside specially built structures, which then can deliver kilowatts of power to electronic items within the room. “This new innovative method will make it possible for electrical power to become as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi,” Disney Research principal research scientist Alanson Sample told Phys.org. “This, in turn, could enable new applications for robots and other
small mobile devices by eliminating the need to replace batteries and wires for charging.”
In recent years, technological breakthroughs have allowed mobile device users to simply place their phones on a charging pad,
eliminating the need for power cords. Now, the innovations from Disney Research would allow people to be inside a specifically designed room and receive the charge with their phone in their pocket.
The caveat is that the room must be designed and built out of mostly aluminum to ensure the consistent transmission of power. Not only do the walls, ceiling and floor need to be made of aluminum, but there also has to be a copper post in the center of the room and factor capacitors throughout the area to separate the magnetic and electrical fields.
While the possibilities surrounding all of Disney’s theme parks eventually being equipped with these charging rooms are intriguing for guests, it also opens up new possibilities about free-roaming animatronics figures that would be perpetually recharging.
Once the technology is perfected, many travelers will be hoping that it makes its way outside the Disney theme parks and into airports, rail stations and other public areas where charging stations are currently located.