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    Wi Fi into power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Take a look at this, the device turns wifi signals into power!!!!!!

    RCA AirPower charger

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    Hmmm use my neighbours WiFi to charge my phone. Is that legal? after all im not allowed to use their Wifi to surf the net.

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    That is indeed interesting, but 62 exclamations marks of interest, I'm not so sure :P
    Last edited by sparkeh; 15th April 2010 at 11:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Hmmm use my neighbours WiFi to charge my phone. Is that legal? after all im not allowed to use their Wifi to surf the net.
    Can't see why this would be a problem: you're not accessing their data, presumably the device in no way tries to decrypt the stream, it just turns the radio waves in to power. I wouldn't have thought it would have any implications whatsoever for your neighbour, therefore it shouldn't be a problem.

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    interesting when they integrate that technology directly into the mobiles

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    This may be an urban myth, but the BBC were getting a number of reports of poor reception of the Radio 4 Long Wave service from Droitwich. They marked all of the locations on a map and found that there was a pattern to them, and found that the marks on the map pointed to a particular area, and on turning up there to investigate discovered that somebody had rigged up a tesla coil arrangement to power lights, from the RF energy from the transmitter.

    They apparently had the bloke charged with abstraction of electricity.

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    I recall that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post

    They apparently had the bloke charged with abstraction of electricity.
    How on earth can they do that?

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    Surely absorbing electricity that the BBC has paid for to broadcast radio is a kind of theft. The same would apply to absorbing next doors wireless output.

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    I bet someone is now looking into how to tax this.

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    There was a guy beneath the masts who was using coils to heat the soil in his garden.

    I can see the masts from my bedroom and it can be a real pain suppressing the signals. Today at school, I was plugging the audio lead back into a laptop and as i touched the jack i got Radio 1, 2, 3 & 4!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian_ICTDS View Post
    Surely absorbing electricity that the BBC has paid for to broadcast radio is a kind of theft. The same would apply to absorbing next doors wireless output.
    I'd argue that you should be able to charge your neighbour for absorbing stray wifi signals that someone less scrupulous might otherwise try to hack into...

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    A colleague of mine was having all sorts of problems with her ADSL service. Turned out that due to the proximity of the Moorside Edge masts (the main MW transmitter site for the north of England) there was a filter on the phone line as it entered her house, which as well as filtering out the radio signals, was filtering out the broadband data.

    Unfortunately when new windows had been fitted to the house, this filter had been buried in the window frame, so BT had to re-route the line into the house and fit a new style of filter to it.

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