Nikola Tesla is directly responsible for lighting up our world after developing the alternating current supply system to transfer electricity. It became the standard for electrical power generation and remains so today. The Tesla coil is one of his most famous inventions. It is essentially a high-frequency air-core transformer. Tesla coils are unique in the fact that they create extremely powerful electrical fields. Large coils have been known to wirelessly light up florescent lights up to 50 feet away. Since the electric field goes directly into the light and doesn’t use electrodes you can even get burned out florescent lights to glow.
This true father of the electric age sold several patent rights along with his alternating-current machinery to our famous resident George Westinghouse. It is understandable why Tesla has such a loyal following in Pittsburgh that 2014 heralds a new Tesla Club. I just knew this was going to be a year of great beginnings along with legendary weather. If you want attend the first meeting, just show up at HackPittsburgh on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. They are located at 1936 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA in the garage around back on Watson. Just look for their flag above the door. It is free and open to the public.
HackPittsburgh member Geno will show off a powerful musical Tesla coil and play various midi songs using lightning/thunder. They even take song requests! A keyboard piano will also be connected to the Tesla Coil so that people can play their favorite song on it. The will discuss the purpose of the club, its mission, its goals, and plans for various events.
If you want to learn more about Tesla and his famous coil I strongly suggest that you read The Genius Who Lit The World and join this club.