Project Name: Tesla House
Scope: Wearable Computing, 2009
An intriguing design challenge of wearable computing is providing power to the embedded electronics. Here we study the potential that wireless electricity has for architecture. At best wireless transmission loses half of its power, and decreases over distance, but the spatial ramifications are enormous. If we choose to wrap the architectural envelope as one enormous coil the occupant must decide their allegiance to that particular coil direction in order to receive power. Competing rooms can have coils in different directions, offering the occupant choices in which direction to face: tethered to the idea of programme and use, orientation becomes a charged environment.