Human Dependence on Power

Field Research

1, ديسمبر 2010

Pink albatross creeps on people (all in the name of research).

Clusters happen around power outlets, cause hold ups, congest flow, impede traffic.

People want to move to other places, they don’t want to be stuck beside the wall.

Also, plugging oneself into the wall, and having all of your wires and equipment out is like marking out your own turf, blocking yourself from the rest of the environment.

so how can we get ppl free? so they can study where they want, when they want, how they want, without having to relocate every time their battery life dwindles.

then like, if we’re in the middle of lecture, and we need to charge our lap tops, we can just whip this out and extend our battery life.

just think… if you were stuck in the middle of that lecture and your battery died.  It’s terrible–personal experience.

–pink albatross

Ways to charge a battery-research

22, نوفمبر 2010

there are mats

and there are ways to charge multiple things at once, WITHOUT physical contact

uses magnetic resonance vs electromagnetic induction, allowing for a more flexible range of transmitted energy

electromagnetic induction – the way some cordless phones work-short range of transmittance, receiver and transmitter MUST be aligned

magnetic resonance – based around a coil, can charge multiple things at once

power-mat, a smaller mat that you can use a USB device to plug into your lap top and charge it. made for phones

-last year Dell came out with a lap top that came with an electromagnetic induction pad –> so it could charge itself without a wire, but it doesn’t seem to be very successful-well known. a challenge in our design is making this technology user friendly and user-accepted.

but people don’t like it b/c it’s big, it’s not accessible, and it’s not more efficient than using a regular cord (note, fujitsu’s technology is more efficient, charging batteries 1/15th times faster)

we could also look at hand cranks/wind up methods of charging batteries.

Recharging notebook computers is one of the few tasks that requires such little power that a crank generator can adequately meet the power requirement. The smaller and more efficient the laptop, the easier it will be to charge. With a modified 12v drill as the hand-crank power source, your laptop can be up and ready to compute.

Read more: How to Build a Wind Up Power Supply for a Laptop |

and there’s solar power
lap top bag with solar panels that can charge your lap top when you’re outside
“solar rolls” that you can plug your lap top into (often used on camping excursions)
more at


Research on wireless charging

22, نوفمبر 2010

-wireless power transfer via magnetic resonance

-other methods for charging, the technology behind wireless pads and receivers

-a wireless pad/mat (note* people don’t like it –well the one person that reviewed—don’t like this product b/c it’s not very compatible with other technologies. We’ll keep this in mind!)

Elevator Pitch

22, نوفمبر 2010

1. For college students

2. What they’re dissatisfied with: limitations in mobility because of dependence on a power source

3. Our solution: Connecting students with energy sources in more accessible, innovative ways.

4. What we’re doing (a): Incorporating wireless charging technology to tables around campus,

(b): Reframing conventional systems to allow for new-found mobility and independence from traditional power sources

5. Competition for our particular solution does not exist, but secondary and tertiary competition can include existing power cords, extension cords, and wireless charging mats.

6. Our solutions are integrated into student environments, automatically acting without an impetus.

pink albatross

11, نوفمبر 2010

-Eliah Cappi

-Win Collier

-Shannon Zhang

-Olivia Pan

[In]dependence on/from conventional energy sources