Batteries are, in one sense, a brilliant invention designed to allow us to use some fantastic electronic devices, appliances and technology far from a wired connection.

We get that. But in another sense, they’re a real pain.

We’ve already talked about the numerous reasons why batteries aren’t the best for the environment (or even our safety). If you haven’t checked that out, make sure you do.

But in a portable world, what are we to do? Go back to corded phones, stationary desktop computers and plugging our headphones into a bookshelf stereo? No!

Enter WigL. This new, patented technology (No. 9,985,465) allows electricity to be transmitted wirelessly to devices outfitted with a receiver. The smart, targeted power has the ability to end our dependence on AAs (and all the other lettered batteries) and create a new, clean energy world.

So as the world gets introduced to WigL, we thought we’d daydream about how we wouldn’t miss batteries anymore.

1. Cell phones

Sure, cell phone batteries aren’t AAs, but whether they’re the removable Android types or the internal iPhone batteries, our day rises and falls by the little percentage number shown at the top of our screens.

Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to do the midday charge? Wouldn’t it be great not to have your phone die in the middle of an important call or while filming something memorable?

WigL would provide constant power to cell phones and make stopping to charge a thing of the past.


2. Kids games/toys

Christmas morning is such a joyful time as parents get to watch their kids tear open presents and rejoice at their contents. That is, until they realize their toy needs batteries and batteries aren’t included.

This commercial illustrates it nicely:

WigL-enabled products would be able to work the moment they came out of the packaging, as wireless power was delivered directly to the waiting receivers. Or, in some cases, a simple programmed routing of the power — much like a password protects your WiFi — would get the bells and whistles going.

It would be nice to not have to deal with the shame of forgetting batteries, and the cost of constantly buying them for energy-gobbling toys.


3. Remote controls/Game controllers

Hear us out. How many times have you pointed the remote at the TV, only to find that the batteries are dead? Then you scramble in the junk drawer, looking for at least one new-ish battery to throw into the remote, ultimately resigning to steal a battery or two from one of the kids’ toys.

Wouldn’t it be great if tiny WigL receivers built-in to these remotes would provide the power needed to always turn on the TV? We thought so too.


4. Musical gear

Thousands and thousands of batteries are used by touring musicians for their various microphones, wireless monitor packs, wireless pickups and more.

Plenty of batteries are simply thrown away, even before they’re fully drained, because most stage managers don’t want to run the risk of what happens when batteries go dead: the music stops.

WigL would eliminate both the wasteful battery habits and the risk of batteries going dead. It would also eliminate a lot of the cables stretched across the stage — electrical hazards that sometimes go awry.

Wireless power would keep the music going, keep the landfills clean and provide constant power.


5. Smoke detectors

While they only need to be changed 1-2 times a year, the batteries in your smoke detectors are rather important. And lots of people still don’t remember to change them.

But it’s pretty well documented how important it is to have working smoke detectors. Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

One out of every five home fire deaths took place in a home where smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

WigL wireless power would keep rechargable batteries inside the smoke detectors full, eliminating the possibility of forgetting to change batteries as well as that annoying chirp.


Which battery-gobbling devices do you wish used WigL?