By Evan Ackerman
Wireless power transfer has always been a futuristic concept, and although we’ve seen nifty demos of various kinds of wireless power technologies, there hasn’t been a heck of a lot of progress from the consumer perspective (this is all I can think of). eCoupled’s video of an induction countertop wirelessly powering a blender is a convincing demonstration of high wattage power transfer in real life. So far, they’ve been able to push 1,400 watts through the induction coils at 98% efficiency, which is just about as good as a physical wire. As a bonus, the technology is also able to transfer data, at up to 1.1 mbps, meaning that the primary charging coil can talk to the devices it’s pumping power into and adjust its output accordingly.
This is just a demo, and unless you’re a bajillionaire you can’t buy the counter top or the blender. But it’s nice to know that some of this stuff is starting to get put into consumer devices, because I’m getting fed up with plugging in my blender every time I want a smoothie. Sooooo much extra work.