Could we soon charge our phones through the air?

Meredith Perry, A California-based entrepreneur, inventor and a CEO of uBeam spoke about her vision: No more wires, no more electrical outlets, you won’t need electrical outlets when all devices are powered by uBeam.

In an interview posted on the BBC, she said “Our vision with uBeam is to make wireless power as ubiquitous as WiFi. So that the second you wake up in the morning your devices are already charging. You walk down the street, and on the lamppost there will be Ubeam transmitters.”

Meredith, 26, impressed the tech world in the year 2011 by winning an invention competition with a prototype to beam ultrasound waves through the air to create an electric charge. That was when the uBeam begins and since then her company has captivated investors.

Yet detractors say they are not confident about the uBeam concept and they’re just throwing away money.

Perry said on her interview, “People are not afraid of sound; they are afraid of energy. If we are at a concert, we’re not afraid that sound is all around us, she added. Even as I speak to you now, I am beaming power at you. If we talk about it in the context of energy, that scares people”, she said.

“People sometimes fear of something unknown”, she argues. “Ultrasound is just higher in frequency than what humans can hear. We send that sound through the air, it vibrates the air particles and then it hits a receiver, which you can think about like a microphone. It vibrates that receiver at a frequency too fast for you to feel and it converts that vibration into electricity and it charges your device,” Ms. Perry says.

What will this product looks like? According to the BBC reporter, Perry showed a sleek mobile phone case mock – up. “Initially, customers would need to buy the phone cases and the system for their homes. But eventually, uBeam transmitters will be installed in street lamps, and inside gyms, movie theatres, offices, hotels and restaurants.” Perry says.

According to John Constine, a writer for TechCrunch “This tech works essentially transmitters on a room’s walls track devices with uBeam receivers and send inaudibly high – pitched ultrasound beams at them. The receiver converts the vibrations of the sound into electricity, which charges a connected device.”

CEO Perry has not revealed many of those details about the product, but it will be launched in 2016.

Perry commented in TechCrunch that “We’re building something real. We’re building something that’s insanely difficult. So difficult people think that we’re fraud.”

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