Changing the World with Light06 April 2020
On October 22, 1879, Edison demonstrated the first incandescent light bulb. That same year, he famously said: “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”
Before the lightbulb, people used kerosene and gas lamps, candles or fireplaces. They were much dimmer than current lightbulbs and introduced plenty of risk from fires, harmful gas discharges and more. With the lightbulb, people could do much more after dark, and it’s hard to overestimate the impact the lightbulb had on modern society.
Edison turned electricity into light, and so at Wi-Charge, we were especially happy to be named this year’s GOLD winner in the Edison award. Our submission was our lightbulb-shaped long-range wireless power energy system, which uses light to send power without wires, safely and efficiently, from a distance. It has this beautiful symmetry to Edison’s work.
Before long-range wireless power, people used batteries and power cords. Batteries needed to be replaced or recharged often, and their limited energy capacity handicapped product designers. Cords made devices much less mobile and limited where they could be used.
We don’t know yet if light-based wireless power will be nearly as impactful as the lightbulb, but we see endless possibilities on how it can change the world.