Recipe for a working electric car society:
- a little wireless charging, as seen here:
- a little hybrid car/ electric-only car, as seen here:
mix with the current american road system and bam! A very efficient electric car society.
The idea behind this system is that around stoplights, parking garages, tunnels – anywhere where cars are surrounded either by four walls or where they are stopped (or both), wireless chargers are inserted into the roadsystem. What this allows is continuous recharging of the electric car. Combine that with solar or geothermal powered wireless chargers and you get a low-oil/ natural gas system that keeps the American tradition of individualistic driving.
Fine: How do you pay for it?
Advertising. Sell ad space in garages, on highways, so on and so forth. Google has made the free-to-consumer approach work wonders through simple use of advertiser space. If this method of marketing keeps the ever popular internet super-highway cheap, why can’t the real highway system use a similar method?
Why does this matter for theatre?
Most theatre patrons belong to demographics that concern themselves with driving, luxury, and environmental action – on either end of the polarity. They can afford to take part in the energy/ road system conversation. That being said, the theatre industry itself is one of constant transport – be it between the suppliers and the space wherein the set is built or simply on the touring bus in which the company travels, roads are part of theatre. Travel – either by the public or by the troupe – is vital to the survival of the theatre company. As such, a greener system can also be a cheaper system, which is always good news for an industry that needs every penny it can get.
In addition, the idea of the wireless charging system could also help with rigging. Over time, if a system of wireless power is established which can handle the high-energy connections necessary, then lighting for a theatre could eventually remove (or back up) cable systems. This would make for a safer, lighter rigging set up – or simply one that can back itself up in case of emergency. However, this level of innovation might only take place if funding were available, and if the much broader category of transportation takes on the wireless issue, then the funding boom could expand to other industries, such as home, office, and eventually, theatrical lighting.
Furthermore, a wireless system might also help the international plug issue. By having a universal power type – simple coil to coil transfer – then various plug types would no longer be an issue (though perhaps various brands of coil might be incompatible for the benefit of each wireless power source company) Once again, this effects most levels of a traveling society, one part of which are the theatre companies that work internationally.
All in all, I see wireless charging as being a huge boost for transport beyond all else. In most other areas, it simply acts as an alternate aesthetic – appealing as that is, I like the real improvement made by connection with transport.