We've seen the future at CES: it's wireless power


Fulton Innovation showed how cereal boxes printed with conductive ink can light up when placed on a shelf equipped with their wireless power technology

Fulton Innovation showed how cereal boxes printed with conductive ink can light up when placed on a shelf equipped with their wireless power technology. Click for larger image.

This soup package contains a heating coil and circuitry that lets you heat the liquid without any external heat source

This soup package contains a heating coil and circuitry that lets you heat the liquid without any external heat source. Click for larger image.

Fulton Innovation isn’t exactly a household name, but if their wireless power technology takes off, it could end up powering everything from your car to your kettle. That’s because they’ve demonstrated how induction charging (the method used by Duracell, PowerMat, and others to recharge cellphones and iPods) can be used to do way more than just recharge your phone. In the video below, they show how a kitchen counter equipped with their “eCoupled” inducers can boil kettles, fry eggs, run food processors and even heat up soup inside the container faster and more efficiently that with a microwave.

Fulton demonstrates how they can charge a Tesla Roadster from a distance of four inches - using the blue charging pad beneath the car's front end

Fulton demonstrates how they can charge a Tesla Roadster from a distance of four inches.

In another section of their CES booth, Fulton Innovation was also showing how they can run power wirelessly over short distances. They had a Tesla Roadster equipped with their eCoupled technology, which when it was positioned over a charging pad located on the ground, could begin recharging even though the car and the pad were separated by 4 inches of space. No word yet on when we’ll see this technology enter our homes (and garages). For now, it’s just a tantalizing vision of the future.

You may want to use headphones when listening to this video – in the second half we had to switch to the camera’s built-in microphone because our wireless mics were picking up a ton of interference from the wireless charging stations!

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