Powermat, Denpeki  Create  Wireless ‘SmartWalls’

Powermat, an Israeli and New York technology start-up company, and the privately held Japanese developer Denpeki, are collaborating to manufacture an new wireless technology that delivers power directly through surfaces such as mats, counters, tabletops, and walls. The technology would replace electric wiring and open sockets. Appliances placed on the embedded power substrate, such as coffee makers, laptops, or cell phones, will work with energy created by magnetic induction  instead of a directly wired connection. The wireless technology consists of a very thin layer of printed electronics, like wall paper, that can be overlaid, put inside of or integrated into drywall, marble, or wood and in ceilings, floors, walls or furniture. Powermat needs just one outlet to draw its electricity from, which it then converts to magnetic force. Ran Poliakine founder and chairman of Powermat told CPN, “There is really no way to quantify the value of our system. It will eliminate the risk of electric shocks, and cause dramatic cost-savings. The consumption of energy and the distribution of power will be much more efficient, because we are utilizing all the power management protocols proven by green and LEED organizations to create a smart system. We believe it will be regulated in the future so that everyone will need to use power management systems.” Originally conceived as a way to facilitate business travel, the system eliminates the need for recharging batteries. And because there is no current, the system is not dangerous when wet, and could even be operated underwater. The first power mats made for commercial use will probably have four access points on a surface that function like invisible plugs. Therefore, you could heat your coffee, charge your telephone, play your iPod, and use your laptop, all at the same time, without wires. At present, to use a powermat, appliances will need an external device attachment, a small antenna. In the future manufacturers could make powermat-enabled devicesThe powermat is soon to be installed in New York Loew’s Regency Hotels, as well as several other new locations not yet announced during 2008