My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: uBeam's Perry & Dweck Ultrasonic Power Transfer - Rafe Needleman's Hidden Village of Sound

Saturday, June 4, 2011

uBeam's Perry & Dweck Ultrasonic Power Transfer - Rafe Needleman's Hidden Village of Sound

I saw the lightning’s gleaming rod
Reach forth and write upon the sky
The awful autograph of God

Joaquin Miller, The Ship in the Desert

CNET News Editor Rafe Needleman does not realize it yet, but he just hit paydirt. Possibly if he was more venture capital oriented, he would have realized that the real stars at D9 Conference were not the multi-billion dollar CEO and their companies.

It was really a pair of University of Pennsylvania graduates named Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck with their company uBeam’s Ultrasonic Power Transfer Technology as stated in the article “New Technology beams Power over Sound Waves”, published JUNE 3, 2011 4:00 AM PDT by Rafe Needleman, CNET News - Rafe's Radar!

Never mind the distinction noted between the older CEO’s such as HP CEO Leo Apotheker or Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen when compared to their younger contemporaries, typical of any business community as stated in the article “Tech goliaths outmaneuvered at D9 conference”, published JUNE 4, 2011 6:00 AM PDT by Rafe Needleman, CNET News - Rafe's Radar.

Nope.

Not even the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 OS, which is just really a copy of Apple Inc overlay of the Apple iPad and the Apple iPhone 4’s tablet-centric iOS on Mac OS 10.1 aka Lion to create an ecosystem as stated in my blog article entitled “Windows 8 is Windows Phone 7 Overlay - Voyage Back to the Future in the Dawn Treader”.

Rather, the pair of Nikola Tesla devotees in the guise of University of Pennsylvania graduates named Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck who copped top honours as well as the center of attention in the D9 Conference with a relatively new Technology that, ironically, could have converted some of the wasted, loud boisterous Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen’s voice into useful Energy to recharge Mobile Electronic Gadgets.

Adobe in the future where the web is being standardized, which even Microsoft tacitly accepts? Please…..spare me!

Their quiet corner of the D9 Conference on Tuesday May 31st 2010 was focused on demonstrating a nascent proof-of-concept Technology which they dubbed Ultrasonic Power Transfer as stated in the article “New Technology beams Power over Sound Waves”, published JUNE 3, 2011 4:00 AM PDT by Rafe Needleman, CNET News - Rafe's Radar.


Putting the theatrics of D9 Conference interviews aside, the concept behind their Technology was simple. Basically it involves some Ultra High Frequency Signal Generator and a receiver, scratch built from off-the-shelf tweeters and amplifiers.

Can’t get more basic than off-the-shelf!!

In the demo video from CNET News entitled “New Technology beams Power over Sound Waves”, the twin team of Telecom Engineers was able to transmit 50mW of Power using these ultra high frequencies beyond human and dog hearing over a distance of three (3) feet to a receiving device, which was able to draw Power at 5V, 1mA max, theoretical.

Brings back memories of Guglielmo Marconi, the Father of Wireless Telegraphy and his development via experimentation of Wireless Transmission over the Atlantic!

Due to Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck test apparatus lack of a directional microphone, most of the Power was wasted, as the tweeters were basically acting as an omni-directional isotropic Antenna, beaming the Energy into the surrounding air.

Antenna, you say!

Indeed, for Sound Waves and Radio Waves are Distant Relatives, NAS and Damion Jr. Gong Marley Style!

Sound Waves are basically Radio Waves, but missing the Magnetic portion of the traveling EM (Electromagnetic), the self-stabilizing tag team that allows Radio Waves to propagate in the vacuum of Space.


Ultra Sonic Sound Waves are dependent on a medium to travel, as being Sound Waves, they are Longitudinally Propagated, i.e. oscillation of the Medium back and forth, instead of Transverse Propagation, in which the Electric Field and Magnetic Field dance intertwined and self-sustained, even in a vacuum. 

Unless you prefer an explanation from James Clerk Maxwell (13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879), the Father of Classical Electromagnetic Theory!

Hands up if you love Differential Calculus! I know I do!!

The medium for the Ultra High Frequency Signal has to be resonant with the frequency of the Ultra Sonic Sound Waves. Thus, for optimum transmission, the air has to be free of moisture and obstruction free, as due to the lack of a Magnetic Field, the Electric Field is easily reflected by solid objects and diffused by water vapour.

A boon that makes it more advantageous than Nikola Tesla early attempts at using Microwaves to Transmit Power, the so-called, very feasible yet human-unfriendly MPT (Microwave Power Transfer)!

Thus, improved directionality with the help of Hi-Fidelity tube Tweeter Speakers, as Directional Microwave Klystrons has done for MPT, should help increase the EIRP (Effective Isotropic Radiated Power) by focusing the Energy in a tighter beam. Its potential is huge, as Power levels as high as 100W are achievable, provided that no health risks are associated with such Ultra Sonic Sound Energy levels.

As for its usages, implementations abound, mainly in remote short range Power transmissions over distances as far as one hundred (100) meters, to Power lighting in house, billboard advertisements, even motor vehicles – and yes, recharge electronic gadgets.

But it is the source of the Energy that has me most intrigued. This as it may be Electrical, as the demo video from CNET News entitled “New Technology beams Power over Sound Waves” seems to suggest that the source of their Power is Electrical.

But what if they could convert ambient Sound in the environment into Electricity, a reverse of their current process?

This was the very thing being researched by Sang-Woo Kim of the Institute of Nanotechnology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea as stated in the article “Scream at your phone to recharge it?”, MAY 9, 2011 5:09 PM PDT by John Scott Lewinski, Crave - CNET News.

Apparently a clever way of squeezing an extra 50mV of Electrical Power out of your voice! The Korea IT Times reported that this was “new research” that would make it possible to “recharge phones using nothing but the Power of voice.”

Thus a meeting of minds between the graduate student Sang-Woo Kim all the way across the Pacific from the Institute of Nanotechnology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea and Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck would be ideal!

The resulting collaboration could make the Technology developed by the University of Pennsylvania graduates named Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck more practical, portable and truly cordless.

Even Apple Inc is going this route of Cordless Electronic gadgets with patents and plans to integrate Solar Panels into their gadgets as stated in my blog article entitled “Chrome OS Cr-48 and the Mobion Fuel Cell Generator -  Green Lantern”.

Apple may take note of this too, as a source of powering gadgets in the future, irregardless of Battery Technology improvements!

As it would draw its power from ambient noise, step up the Electricity efficiently to Power their device to transmit Power to devices via Ultra High Frequency Sound Waves that needed it most.

Thus, their device could be used in very noisy environments to effectively convert Sound Waves or Sound Energy, which is essentially Waste Energy like Heat. Somewhat reminiscent of Heat Exchangers used in Industrial environments to extract Waste Heat to do other work in the Industrial Plant!

This collaboration, albeit wishful thinking on my part, is no more different from Nikola Tesla claiming that Guglielmo Marconi used some of his patents to develop Wireless Trans-Atlantic Telegraphy.

It would help to fine tune a device before the money, sure as rain, begins to pour in on these daughters of Nikola Tesla for this idea, which has huge potential as a new means of generating Electricity in very noisy conditions, such as in cities to Power displays and lighting, saving Municipalities on the cost of Electricity to Power these devices.

This as the demo video from CNET News entitled “New Technology beams Power over Sound Waves” reveals that their proof-of-concept is nothing more than one of Nikola Tesla Directed Energy apparatus, a possible source to the reference by Miss Meredith Perry as to having derived the idea from “a weapon”.

The only weapon that I can think of is the Raytheon CDU (Crowd Dispersal Unit), which uses millimeter Radio Waves to disperse crowds.

It does this by generating a false sensation of being caught on fire among unruly protesting crowds of people as mention in my blog article entitled “Telecom Providers and Raytheon - Star Wars on the high Seas” about Raytheon’s’ development of a Directed Energy Weapon or “Laser”.

Looks like the D9 Conference has unearthed a genuine gem in these two (2) University of Pennsylvania graduates named Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck, as like Orichimaru-sama in the series Naruto, they have developed their own Hidden Village of Sound to utilize uBeam’s Ultrasonic Power Transfer as a “peace” Ray fulfilling the Human desiring to go….cordless!
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