Tesla – Not the Car, the Man

It was mentioned today about Nikola Tesla and his proposed wireless electricity transfer method. Invented in the late 1800s, Tesla’s invention would allow wireless electricity transfer around the entire world. His invention utilized harmonics in the atmosphere around the Earth (also known as the Schumann Resonance) to deliver and amplify electricity.

Tesla showed his invention at the 1893 World’s Fair, illuminating some lightbulbs from some distance from the power source. By combining several inventions, Tesla also showed the world’s first remote-controlled, remote-powered toy boat.

History is a little fuzzy about what happened next. There is speculation that Westinghouse, the same company that helped Nikola Tesla build the hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls, put the kibosh on his wireless electricity transfer invention because there was no way to meter power consumption.

But what if history was a little different? What is wireless electricity transfer became science-fact? Poor areas of the world would suddenly have access to power, and anything, anywhere, could be powered by electricity. Think about our electric cars: Only a tiny battery for “emergency disruptions” would be necessary. Think about shipping: Huge ocean liners wouldn’t need to burn thousands of gallons of dirty “bunker fuel”. Even cell phones could have unlimited talk and usage time.

All because a company couldn’t figure out a way to meter the power. Sad.

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