In the late 1800s, Nikola Tesla began experimenting with transmitting power wirelessly via the earth's crust and the ionosphere. He invented what we now know as the Tesla Coil; this device was capable of generating extremely high voltages, and was the precursor to radio transmission. What was Tesla doing? How was he doing it? Does wireless power work? The Omega Recoil team have been re-creating some of Tesla's wireless power experiments, with interesting results.
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John Behrens is currently a cinematographer who photographs independent features, television, documentaries and live music. He is the owner and operator of Point Beach Productions, a production and effects company for the motion picture and television industry. Behrens has also served as a high voltage consultant for Discovery Channel's MythBusters.
Sparky Bartlett Jewell
Sparky Jewell is a member of Omega Recoil, a team of scientists, builders, engineers, showmen and industrial artists that have been conducting experiments with electricity in the San Francisco Bay area since 1999.
John Behrens and Sparky Jewell, members of Omega Recoil, explain the Tesla coil's origins and Nikola Tesla's efforts to transmit energy wirelessly. They also describe their own attempts to recreate Tesla's experiments and make wireless energy a reality.
Nikola Tesla.Culver Pictures(born July 9/10, 1856, Smiljan, Lika, Austria-Hungary [now in Croatia]died Jan. 7, 1943, New York, N.Y., U.S.) Serbian U.S. inventor and researcher. He studied in Austria and Bohemia and worked in Paris before coming to the U.S. in 1884. He worked for Thomas Alva Edison and George Westinghouse but preferred independent research. His inventions made possible the production and distribution of alternating-current electric power. He invented an induction coil that is still widely used in radio technology, the Tesla coil (1891); his system was used by Westinghouse to light the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Tesla established an electric power station at Niagara Falls that delivered power to Buffalo, N.Y., by 1896. His research also included work on a carbon button lamp and on the power of electrical resonance. He discovered terrestrial stationary waves (18991900), proving that the Earth is a conductor. Due to lack of funds, many of his ideas remained only in his notebooks, which are still examined by enthusiasts for inventive clues.
"Wireless energy technology"
That's not particularly new... the sun converts something like 1.4 million tons of mass into energy every second and transmits all of it with 100% efficiency to the rest of the universe.
Please note that she is NOT using a Tesla coil for that purpose. It's more like an incandescent light bulb...
The reason the sun can do that is because she works based on Maxwell's equations and not based on Tesla's failed ideas on electricity.
I did a little bit of reading on Tesla's transmission of wireless electricity, and according to his patents and writings the transmitting coil shouldn't be discharging like it is in this video. That is a colossal waste of energy and highly inefficient.
Sure, what do you want to know brayfield? Start reading about Tesla if you want to know more, I think every interesting college student should go through the Nikola Tesla phase. For some, like myself, it can become an obsession. I find it funny that in this video they mention the photo of Mr. Tesla sitting in the room as a "double exposure" - when he was actually known for actions like these. That being said, I think it's awesome that there are so many fans these days. Wireless energy technology has already started to creep back into the mainstream and laboratories in top schools. I forget the transmission distance that's possible now but I remember the last numbers being impressive (I think over 80 feet). Any documentary/book on Tesla is highly recommended for creative beings.