Startup Wiliot showed its vision of what a Bluetooth device could look like that doesn't need a battery. The company presented an innovative mini-chip capable of transmitting data over 3 meters. Externally, the sensor is made in the form of a rectangular sticker the size of a regular postage stamp. The device has no wires, no batteries and is powered literally out of thin air.
The product replenishes energy in an unusual way, while it does not require electricity. The sensor is powered by radio waves such as cellular signals, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. According to the developers, the device has enough energy of this kind to perform its tasks: the Bluetooth chip can measure external parameters (temperature, mass), determine the location and transmit information to the smartphone and other equipment.
The thin chip contains three antennas, an ARM Cortex-M microprocessor, pressure and temperature sensors. The development company positions its Bluetooth sensor as a universal device that can be integrated into any product. The solution acts as a digital information transmitter. The chip is able to interact with other sensory mechanisms, thereby expanding its functions.
A high-tech Bluetooth device has many possible applications, ranging from the simplest of everyday activities to commercial use. With the help of a mini-sensor, you can monitor the storage temperature of goods, attach it to clothes as a label or set the desired washing mode for the washing machine.
The creators of the device call their development one of the ways to find a lost or stolen item. By transmitting a signal to the owner's smartphone, the sensor will also help determine the presence of a particular item in the wardrobe, thereby allowing you to choose the right clothes without opening the closet. In the commercial space, the telemetry sensor will help determine the availability of a specific item in stock, be useful in tracking the delivery status of the ordered unit, and in the retail sector, the chip will help you know which items are the best selling.
The startup's investors include such giants as Samsung and Amazon. Now the development company is working on finalizing its solution, which should become biodegradable and learn how to encrypt information.
The Topic of Article: The startup has developed a battery-free Bluetooth chip that draws energy from the surrounding space.