In 2007 the 39-year-old inventor, who is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S, successfully developed the first efficient wireless non-radiative energy transfer, and now his wireless mobile phone charges are about to hit the market.
Just a few days ago at the CES in Las Vegas, at the world’s largest consumer electronics fair, Soljačić’s company WiTricity’s wireless charger invention for the iPhone 5 was presented. The charging device can recharge multiple iPhone 5 phones without the need for a charging location.
Giants Apple, Toyota, Intel and the U.S Army are all interested in Soljačić’s technology. In October 2013, Intel and Foxconn Technology invested 25 million USD in Soljačić’s company, while last month Toyota announced that it has licensed the technology to build charging stations for electric cars. WiTricity plans to start selling the wireless chargers during the first half of the year.