01 Jun 2010
Nothing seems to hold back the tech revolution — nothing except all those batteries, wires, cables, and other impedimenta that are always running out of power, getting tripped over, becoming obsolete, and eventually getting tossed into landfills. So Eric Giler (MBA ’82) is working on a better plan: wireless technology in which devices are powered by electricity from remote energy-emitting coils.
“It’s not electricity going through the air; it’s actually a magnetic field,” explained Giler, CEO of WiTricity, based in Watertown, Massachusetts. The company builds systems derived from innovative electricity-delivery technology developed by an MIT professor (Boston Globe, February 22, 2010). While initial applications — Giler thinks they will be ubiquitous in five years or so — will probably power handheld devices like cellphones, their real impact may be in the development of electric cars. Drivers could recharge their vehicles overnight by parking them on special mats in their home garages, thus avoiding the often-cited inconvenience of having to plug them in.
Class of MBA 1982, Section I