Wireless charging on a whole has been somewhat of a disappointing feature since it broke out on the smartphone market a few years ago. When you hear the term wireless charging, people picture walking into a room and automatically having their phone start charging. Instead, today it involves a complicated eco-system with a dedicated wireless charging pad.
Finally, researchers at Disney have built not just a device, but an entire room that charges your phone as soon as you walk into it. Yes, that’s right, a room that doubles as a wireless charging station. The room has aluminum running on the walls, roof, and even the floor. It also has a two- inch copper pipe in the center of it. Electricity is run through the room and radiates through the walls, floors, ceilings, and the vertical copper pole.
Though standing in a room with electricity looping at 1.3 million times per second may sound scary, Disney’s researchers say that it’s completely safe to be inside the room. The only real issue is that they are not completely sure how safe it is to be around the copper pole. Until that possible safety issue is resolved, researchers are itching about the enormous potential here.
All in all, this is a big break in the scientific community, and it seems like everyone is waiting so see if this new experiment will really work. Until then, all we can do is wonder… why does Disney have a research team focused on wireless charging anyway?