(By Jeffery A. Taylor)
As the “Wi-Fi” technology continues to evolve, we must never forget where it all started and, the continued advantages that are actually 100 years old.
In the early 1900’s the majority of our mass transportation system was run on electricity, Electric, cars, busses, streetcars and various industrial duty equipment. This was designed to give people the means from moving from point A to point B. Until the dawn of the combustion engine, electricity was the most popular and an effective means to power everything.
The founder and curator of this infrastructure was none other than Nikola Tesla. Tesla had developed over 500 inventions in his lifetime, each benefiting mankind in their daily efforts.
Working with such inventors as Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and many others, Tesla’s ideas and designs became reality in the common world. Over exceeding the need in every instance. With every facet of design his life long obsession was to create -the wireless transmission of energy. By the end of the 1890s, Tesla had come to the conclusion that it might be possible to transmit electrical power without wires at high altitudes. There the air was thinner, and therefore more conductive.
A friend and patent lawyer, Leonard E. Curtis, on being advised of Tesla’s work, offered to find land and provide power for the research from the El Paso Power Company of Colorado Springs. The next supporter to come forward was Colonel John Jacob Astor. With $30,000 from Astor, the inventor prepared at once to move to Colorado and begin building a new experimental station near Pikes Peak. Joining Tesla were several assistants who were not fully informed of the inventor’s plans.
The laboratory that rose from the prairie floor was both wired and weird, a contraption with a roof that rolled back to prevent it from catching fire, and a wooden tower that soared up eighty feet. Above it was a 142-foot metal mast supporting a large copper ball. Inside the strange wooden structure, technicians began to assemble an enormous Tesla coil, specially designed to send powerful electrical impulses into the earth.
There are some reports that he did transmit a signal several miles powerful enough to illuminate vacuum tubes planted in the ground. But this can be attributed to conductive properties in the ground at Colorado Springs.
Another approach pursued by Tesla was to transmit extra-low-frequency signals through the space between the surface of the earth and the ionosphere. Tesla calculated that the resonant frequency of this area was approximately 8-hertz. It was not until the 1950s that this idea was taken seriously and researchers were surprised to discover that the resonant frequency of this space was indeed in the range of 8-hertz.
One night in his laboratory, Tesla noticed a repeating signal being picked-up by his transmitter. To his own amazement, he believed that he was receiving a signal from outer space. Tesla was widely ridiculed when he announced this discovery, but it is possible that he was the first man to detect radio waves from space.
A great deal of mystery still surrounds Tesla’s work at Colorado Springs. It is not clear from his notes or his comments exactly how he intended to transmit wireless power. But it is clear that he returned back to New York City fully convinced that he could accomplish it.
Fast forward to today and with all the “wireless” technology we have in our hands. From the cell phones, laptops, Internet and TV and various other devices yet to come, Tesla’s very own technology is being used today, as we know it as “Wi-Fi” capabilities. With this very premise and Tesla’s experiments alone one can only gather that the capability of “Wi-Fi” vehicles does exist unbenouced to us today in everything we use and take for granted the infrastructure has already been created a hundred years ago.
For today the 4th generation Tesla Grandchildren have built Tesla Motors Corp comprising of, you guessed it, electric vehicles. As an average Tesla Motors Car can get up to 200-300 miles on a single charge with charging time of only 3 minutes, soon to be released. How long does it take to fill your tank up at the gas station?
As a designer myself, and based on all of Tesla’s experiments and premises, the creation of wireless electric vehicles is possible with today’s technology. Designed to run off the electric grid on every street, everywhere, drawing from the electrical current a trickle charge of electricity continuously down to each vehicle, thus allow each vehicle a constant charge without any type of plug in required. Thus requiring NO additional cost to the current infrastructure.
Envision if you will that while you are driving, your vehicle is drawing a charge off the main lines, at a stop it’s also drawing a charge and also, while parked it is continuously charging until the ion battery cells are full. Each person would receive an additional charge on their electric bill, each coded to the VIN number of the vehicle. No more stopping for gas or service stations, unless you need a soda.