McKay: Apparently, Tesla was close to something like this before Edison trashed his lab!
Nikola Tesla was a Austrian inventor and a mechanical and electrical engineer. Tesla's patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current electric power (AC) systems. Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman who is responsible for the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. The two men were rivals in that Edison promoted direct current (DC) and Tesla supported AC.