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Ben Parr
Hunter
Added uBeam to Product Hunt today because uBeam announced its newest demo of its wireless charging over distance technology in NYT: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/ubeam-technology-will-enable-people-to-charge-devices-through-the-air/ (Disclosure: I'm an investor.)
Ryan Hoover
Normally people prefer to find launched products on Product Hunt but uBeam is particularly fascinating. I was naturally skeptical when I first heard about this but @benparr and other investors I've chatted with, say it's legit. I'm curious how quickly it will charge my Macbook or iPhone.
Jonathon Triest
@rrhoover Totally legit. I've seen and played with it. Closest thing to magic you've ever seen. (Disclosure: also an investor!)
Kumar Thangudu
@rrhoover Do you have an ECE background?
Kumar Thangudu
@jtriest be more specific.
Ryan Hoover
@datarade nope! I know nothing about electrical engineering.
Kumar Thangudu
@rrhoover Then it's probably best not to trust other investors unless they have an ECE competency and have a solid understanding of the controller behind the view, so to speak. To be more specific, I don't believe @benparr or @jtriest 's testimonial about the product is necessarily meaningful as the base non-modified form of ultrasound technology is seemingly magical. Bold claims require bold evidence.
Ryan Hoover
@datarade I'm still skeptical, especially when it's coming from @jtriest (j/k, love you, man). @meredithperry - educate me. :)
Kumar Thangudu
@rrhoover I would google the following terms if I were you: Electromagnetic spectrum. Inverse Square Law. Beam Forming.
Kumar Thangudu
@jtriest Thank goodness, I was worried that you were going to be vague.
Meredith Perry
Maker
@datarade @jtriest @rrhoover datarade's got mad haterade
Jonathon Triest
@datarade in all seriousness I'm excited for you to learn more about the product. I'll leave the detailed technical discussions to those more qualified than myself.
Kumar Thangudu
@meredithperry don't let your emotions get in a knot over a simple question. I've posted valid questions, that I've asked before.
Kumar Thangudu
@jtriest when people of stature lend credence to something, it should be cogent and calculated. I hope you understand what I'm stating.
Kumar Thangudu
@jtriest Umbrage is a negative term. I'm a happy camper.
Jonathon Triest
@datarade awesome... me too :)
Meredith Perry
Maker
Totally legit. (Disclosure: I created this.)
Kumar Thangudu
@meredithperry I'm cheering for you. Yet to be seen as far as technical performance on ultrasound.
Meredith Perry
Maker
@datarade I'm always a skeptic when it comes to new tech, so I feel you. No tech specs will be publicly disclosed until the product is out. You'll see it for yourself when it's ready!
Kumar Thangudu
@meredithperry An arsenal of questions/concerns arises that I look forward to seeing answered. - Beamforming? - Energy Density? - High intensity ultrasound damages tissue. - Waste energy - Inverse Square law? - Frequency Range & Power? Cheers and good luck.
Meredith Perry
Maker
@datarade - Beamforming? = yes - Energy Density? = you'll find out later - High intensity ultrasound damages tissue. = absolutely none - Waste energy = minimal - Inverse Square law? = doesn't apply here - Frequency Range & Power? = you'll find out later
Kumar Thangudu
@meredithperry eagerly awaiting.
Randi Barry
@meredithperry I love your landing page! Please tell me who did this for you?
Ryan Hoover
Welcome, @meredithperry. :) How efficient is uBeam? For example, how long would it take to charge my iPhone vs. plugging it into a standard wall outlet. (Disclosure: I didn't invest)
Clark Wimberly
Can't wait to see more, but first can we stop and lol at this NYT opening line? "When Meredith Perry, 25, started studying astrobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, her career goal was to eventually find life on other planets. Instead, Ms. Perry accidentally stumbled upon something even more exciting: the ability to charge portable electronics, like cellphones and laptops, wirelessly using ultrasound." **More** exciting than life on other planets?
Ben Parr
Hunter
@clarklab That line wasn't great. Luckily for us, Meredith hopefully has another 75 years or so on this planet to also discover life on another planet.
Brett deMarrais
@benparr @clarklab knowing @meredithperry if she can't find life on other planets she'll create it.
Meredith Perry
Maker
@clarklab One of uBeam's first products is a transmitter that wirelessly beams aliens through the air with 100% efficiency.
Meredith Perry
Maker
@BrettdeM actually something I'm legitimately interested in doing
Meredith Perry
Maker
AMA -- I'm on a 5 hour flight to NY.
Ben Parr
Hunter
@meredithperry Is it true you invented artificial gravity five years ago, but keep the secret invention locked up so you can use it for your personal enjoyment until you feel we are ready?
Meredith Perry
Maker
@benparr Yes
Seun
@meredithperry hi, i want to stress on @rrhover question. How efficient will it be to charge say any smartphone battery? A timeframe would be appreciated.
Meredith Perry
Maker
@captspacely hi seun! would love to be able to answer your and @rrhoover's question on efficiency but we won't be disclosing any product specs until product launch.
Tyler Hayes
@meredithperry @captspacely @rrhoover So what can we ask you in this AMA then?
Kumar Thangudu
@thetylerhayes @meredithperry @captspacely @rrhoover This is a good question.
JB Uy
@meredithperry I'm excited about this. Other than charging, would this tech be viable for replacing power cords? I'd love to get rid of all the power cables behind my computer desk and TVs.
Nick Lekuona
Today ProductHunt shocked me with this hard to believe project; so hard that I had to check if there was any basis to it. From what I see, is this the principle behind it all? IEEE Xplore - Contactless energy transfer through air by means of ultrasound: http://bit.ly/1PkDz1M
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IT'S TIMEFOR YOUTO CUTTHE CORD.
free yourself from tangled wires, bulky chargers, and poorly placed outlets

it all starts witha wave of sound

can't hear it or feel it.

uBeam harnesses

into electricity, charging your

AT HOME

WHILE TRAVELING

AT WORK

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