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CH25: Meredith Perry

How searching the internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

Meredith Perry has brought us a step closer to a wireless world with her invention of wireless electricity. Called uBeam, it’s the only wireless power system that allows you to charge your device while moving around a room. Perry founded uBeam when she was 22 years old, shortly after graduating from The University of Pennsylvania in astrobiology.

In spite of her Ivy League degree and early ambition, the product has more humble origins. “It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools,” she says of her choice to do most of her early research using Google and Wikipedia.

For more on this wunderkind, read her CH25 profile.

Illustration by Jason Ratliff, image courtesy of uBeam


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