You May Soon Charge Your Phone From Across The Room

Dhir Acharya - Nov 25, 2020


You May Soon Charge Your Phone From Across The Room

We have come from wired charging to wireless charging to reverse charging, and the next step is charging from a distance.

If you think this can only happen in science-fiction films, you will change your mind. We have come from wired charging to wireless charging to reverse charging, and the next step is charging from a distance. And a new invention named “anti-laser” will bring us closer to this goal.

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A new anti-laser will let you charge your phone from across the room

A study reveals that the new anti-laser can beam power with an efficiency rate of 99.996 percent to devices regardless of how packed a room is. This is important as the status of a room used to be a major obstacle to wireless devices. A real-life environment is surely more complex than a laboratory with flat walls that reflect energy. Some objects in the real world can hinder energy from moving while other electronics can disrupt the energy beaming as well.

The method used in the new invention is “coherent perfect absorption,” or CPA, which involves using one machine to send power across the room while another to suck it. In this case, the anti-laser sucks power. The study reads:

“Coherent perfect absorption (CPA) has been appealing to physicists and engineers for both its fundamental and technological relevance. On the technological level, its implementation promises the realization of a family of wave-based devices performing highly-selective and tunable absorption in a manner that goes beyond the traditional concept of impedance matching.”

“On the fundamental level, CPA has initially been associated with the concept of time-reversal (TR) symmetry, one of the most fundamental symmetries in nature.”

How the technology works
How the technology works

Initially, there had to be time-reversal symmetry for the anti-laser to work, where time could flow backward as easily as it does forward. This was a problem because it’s difficult to recreate such circumstances.

For this experiment, however, the photons were jostled so aggressively that the researchers lost time-reversal asymmetry but the anti-laser worked anyway. This is proof that the CPA concept has gone much further than the initial conception as a time-reversed laser, according to the scientists.

>>> Apple's MagSafe Can Also Charge Some Android Devices

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