Serendipity

I’m sitting backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt. I’m introduced to (let’s call her) Mary, a 22 year old recent college grad. She spends ten minutes setting up a science experiment on my desk. There are jokes about how she managed to get this thing through airport security. She then performs the closest thing to magic I’ve seen in a long time.

Stuff like that is what makes my job so much fun. In a year or so when this thing is productized you’ll be hearing a lot more about Mary.

21 thoughts on “Serendipity

  1. That is not fair. A bit more info if you please.

  2. You can’t help yourself, can you? Pretty sure angel investors are not supposed to chat about stuff like this ;)

  3. 40deuce says:

    Well this is quite the tease. Give us a hint if not a video.

  4. 40deuce says:

    Such a tease. Give a hint if not a video.

  5. Michael, please don’t tell me it is Cold Fusion. Or, she made gasoline from some leaves. You get an A++ on nailing the ‘Stay tuned, More to come’ aspect of this story. :)

  6. Peter says:

    I know exactly what this is…. so happy for you!

  7. anykey78 says:

    She made a copy of herself on the other side of the room, and dropped her original self into a glass box filled with water? Just cough into your left hand twice if I was close.

  8. Jason says:

    She made a copy of her self appear on the other side of the room and dropped her original self into a glass box filled with water? Just cough twice into your left hand if I was close, I promise I won’t tell!

  9. I like the focus on more “physical” products – and less software!

  10. Ryan says:

    Ahh, and I should add – I can’t wait to see it live, too. : )

  11. Steven says:

    Probably something with magnets.

  12. so stealth, even names are masked!
    is that another sign of a bubble? ;-)

    • Steven says:

      So it’s ultrasound-based wireless charging. That’s great, but it raises some questions for the engineers among us: How much energy is lost during the charging? And what is the effect of continuous 50 KHz sound waves on living beings?

  13. Steven says:

    Here’s another team that does this, but they use electromagnetism instead of sound waves. And they have a fancier prototype!

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/quadrotors-turned-into-flying-wireless-battery-chargers

  14. JVAR says:

    You really should call an expert in acoustics to ask about the viability of this before you get too excited. Ask her how many Watts per square meter her ultrasound field is, and see if you get a clear answer.

  15. cursarn says:

    Just to let you know… your web site looks extremely strange in Mozilla on a Mac

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