Wireless Power to the People - Wireless Charging 101
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Wireless Power to the People - Wireless Charging 101

An introduction to the world of modern wireless power electronics with practical engineering demo circuits
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4.7 (38 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
180 students enrolled
Created by Awesome Academy
Last updated 8/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $50 Discount: 80% off
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the various wireless power methods in research and development today (including a few that are scams!)
  • Learn the pros and cons of all the different wireless power methods and the ONE technology mature enough for mainstream consumer use
  • Understand electromagnetic induction
  • Intuitively understand resonance and LC resonant circuits
  • Understand inductive coupling and resonant power transfer
  • Build a circuit that can wirelessly power a small fan
  • Build a wireless power circuit that can power an LED 15cm away
  • Build a wireless power circuit that can power LEDs, electric motors and more 30cm away
  • Understand "the skin effect" and how to mitigate it
  • Understand the main components of modern commercial wireless charging systems (with emphasis on Qi)
  • Understand how data communication works in Qi wireless power systems
  • Use off the shelf hardware to wirelessly charge phones, Playstation controllers and other USB devices
  • Use off the shelf hardware to wirelessly power any electronic device up to 4 watts
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Requirements
  • Basic knowledge of electricity, resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, breadboards
  • Basic knowledge of schematic reading, function generators and oscilloscopes if you want to recreate some of the experiments yourself
  • The bill of materials is US$11 if you would like to replicate the experiments at home
Description

Welcome to Wireless Power to the People, the course that brings wireless power to the masses. In this course you're going to learn the basics of the different types of wireless power being researched and developed today. Spoiler alert: Some of them work a lot better than others!

You're going to start out by learning the basics of magnetic induction. Then I will show you the power of resonance. Soon you're going to learn how to build a simple wireless powered LED. Things are really going to get interesting when you learn how to increase the power and range of the system, and wirelessly power LEDs, motors, fans and more up to 30cm away! And for the final project we're going to upgrade USB powered devices to be charged with wireless power.

If you have ever wondered how wireless charging works, this course is for you.

In the media we've seen countless stories of wireless charging using radio waves, vibration and more. Yet we still haven't seen these devices appearing in our homes. Millions of dollars in venture capital have been burned because investors did not fundamentally understand the various technologies used in wireless power. 

In this course I'm going to cut through all the hype and explain the different types of wireless power being researched today... the pros and cons of each, which ones are viable, which ones are not, and why. Best of all, you will not need a PhD in physics to understand what is going on. Math in this course will be kept to a minimum, and the focus will be on developing an intuitive, visual understanding of the concepts involved.

During the course I am going to be showing you some wireless charging experiments that will require a power supply, an oscilloscope, and a few electronic components. If you don't have these things and you don't feel comfortable building circuits, don't worry. You'll still have a ton of fun just watching the demonstrations and you'll be able to understand the magic behind wireless power. By the end of the course you will know how to wirelessly power any electronic device up to 4 watts! The basic principles taught in this course will scale to higher power levels if you choose to continue work in this field.

If you've ever wondered how a Samsung phone charges, this course is for you. If you have ever wondered how iPhone X and Apple Watch charging works, this course is for you. If you are a student or junior engineer who is looking to get up to speed on practical solutions to wireless power problems this course is for you. And if you're someone who is thinking of investing money in a crowdfunded wireless power project, do not spend a dime until you have watched this course!

Thank you for watching, and I hope to be teaching you soon!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to understand the magic behind wireless power technology
  • Science and engineering students
  • Technicians and junior engineers
  • Investors looking to invest in wireless power projects
  • Technophiles and gadget lovers
Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
01:13:57
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Getting started
2 Lectures 04:47


Ensure you know how to perform basic power calculations

Power calculation
1 question
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Tesla Coils
1 Lecture 04:12

A video lectures on the strengths and weaknesses of Tesla coils as wireless power transfer systems.

Preview 04:12

Test your understanding of Tesla coils

Tesla coils
2 questions
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Wireless power with radio waves
1 Lecture 06:42
Wireless power with radio waves
06:42

Test your understanding of the feasibility of wireless power over radio frequency waves

Wireless power over radio waves
2 questions
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Directional antennas to the rescue?
1 Lecture 04:52
Directional antennas to the rescue?
04:52

Further test your understanding of directional antennas and wireless power over radio waves

Directional antennas and wireless power
3 questions
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Ambient noise and piezoelectric based systems
1 Lecture 02:25
Ambient noise and piezoelectric based systems
02:25

Flex your critical thinking skills!

Energy harvesting quiz
1 question
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Conductive "wireless" chargers
1 Lecture 01:38
Conductive "wireless" chargers
01:38
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Inductive power transfer overview
1 Lecture 00:54
Inductive power transfer overview
00:54
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Electromagnetic induction and transformers
1 Lecture 03:31
Electromagnetic induction and transformers
03:31

Test your understanding of electromagnetic induction and transformers

Electromagnetic induction and transformers
2 questions
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A simple inductive wireless power system
1 Lecture 07:54
A simple inductive wireless power system
07:54

Test your understanding of the circuitry.

Inductive power transfer quiz
2 questions
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What is resonance?
1 Lecture 05:30
What is resonance?
05:30

Test your ability to calculate a resonant frequency

Resonance quiz
1 question
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About the Instructor
Awesome Academy
4.7 Average rating
38 Reviews
180 Students
1 Course
Engineer & Educator

After getting my BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering I started my own electronics design and manufacturing company. We focused on power electronics, sensors and robotics. 

I have designed and sold multiple products that have sold by the thousands. I have also done private contract designs used by high profile C-level executives, and have been awarded a patent. To date, I have 13 years of professional electronics design and manufacturing experience.

My love of photography lead me into video production and I have produced 67 tutorial videos totaling over 45 million views. They are used by institutions including the University of Purdue, the University of British Columbia, the United States Military (defensive electronic warfare) and even a nuclear power plant! My work has been featured on Hackaday, Slashdot, Engadget and other high profile blogs. 

I was lucky enough to have a father who subsidized my education and as a result I have a great life. I want to help others have the same.