Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wireless electricity comes to Utah

CEO of WiTricity, Eric Giler, speaking during
the opening of the new business in Nibley.
Wireless electricity is no longer a theoretical, and it may even soon benefit assistive technology.

WiTricity, a new business in Nibley, has developed wireless electricity technology that can be used in a multitude of ways, from charging electric cars to medical equipment. The technology harnesses the power of the magnetic near field.

The benefits of wireless power includes the ability to operate safely over long distances, it can penetrate and wrap around obstacles, as well as flexibility to be able to embed devices with the technology.

But what does it have to do with assistive technology? 

WiTricity recently approached the Utah Assistive Technology Program to discuss the use of wireless electricity in charging power wheelchairs and scooters. This will make recharging batteries in mobility devices much easier for people with disabilities. 

WiTricity has a memo of understanding with Utah State University to work with them on the development of new uses of the technology. 

UATP along with AT vendors will provide feedback and help with developing prototypes of wheeled mobility using the wireless power. 

CEO Eric Giler said during yesterday's opening ceremony, "Ten years from now, this technology will see commonplace."

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