Soon you could be charging all devices using Wi-Fi

University of Washington engineers have found out how to utilize the untapped energy that is transmitted by Wi-Fi routers over to power devices. This technology is named PoWiFi (Power over Wi-Fi) and the final paper is going to be introduced in December at the 2015 CoNEXT meeting inside Germany.

PoWiFi’s prototype blends a Wi-Fi transmission plan which generates power on several channels, and antennae which may be connected with devices, as well as harvest energy from the multitude of channels all at the same time and then turn it into DC current.

Radio waves emitted by a Wi-Fi router transmit around one watt of power – the maximum permitted by the FCC that’s used to carry information to devices. A typical smartphone charge, in comparison, requires five watts of power. Routers will intermittently send signals as information is requested by a device, therefore the staff created an optimized edition which sends power packets out continually over the channels not utilized by the information.

The scientists tested the technology in 6 different houses to assess the potential deterioration of Web speed. No users saw any changes in how rapidly a video would stream or Internet page would load.

Though those experiments really are promising, the devices utilized only required small quantities of power. Prior to Wi-Fi charging becoming readily obtainable, there will be substantial improvements required to guarantee reliability and stability from the router, as well as having the ability to incorporate the charging antenna right into devices.

3 new fantasy sci-fi books you gotta check out!

Add these books to your wish list for the holidays or you can treat yourself to a great read to sit in front of the fire with. Either way, we have gone out of our way to sift through the worthwhile books so you do not have to.

Ash and Silver, Carol Berg – release date: Dec. 1st, 2015


National Bestselling writer Carol Berg comes back to the realm of her Lighthouse books with her epic fantasy sequence The Sanctuary Duet, of which Ash & Silver is the 2nd installment. It’s a continuation of her first book, Dust & Light, so reading that book prior is recommended so you’ll have the backstory before diving in.

Experimental Film, Gemma Files – release date: Dec. 3rd, 2015


Experimental Film is somewhat different than the books our site usually features, as it isn’t so much science fiction or fantasy, yet instead, contemporary horror. If being scared is more your style, it definitely is the novel for you. In fact, horror fans already might be familiar with the books of up-and-coming author Gemma Files, as she has published two short story collections and Hexslinger trilogy.

Nevermore, Rob Thurman


Nevermore includes the 10th installment of the Cal Leandros sequence from urban fantasy/paranormal author Rob Thurman. As this type of supernatural series tends to be trending at this time, this book seems to be well written, as early reviews for the novel look to be very positive.