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WATCH: A Bluetooth sticker ‘powered by air’

/ 06:07 PM January 17, 2019

Semiconductor developing company Wiliot has unveiled a functional, paper-thin Bluetooth chip that harvests energy from the air instead of a battery.

On Tuesday in New York City, Wiliot demonstrated the “first-ever sticker-sized Bluetooth sensor tag incorporating an ARM processor powered solely by scavenging energy from ambient radio frequencies”; to simplify, this Bluetooth-equipped stamp-sized device does not need a battery to supply power, only Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other cellular signals.

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Basically, because this Bluetooth “tag” is so lightweight, thin and cheap to manufacture and does not rely on a battery for energy, it has the potential to connect virtually any product to the IoT realm, even your shirt.

To demonstrate its versatility, Wiliot noted that clothing embedded with these tags could communicate with washing machines to ensure everything is properly washed, or that consumer products with the tag could provide owners with a digital user manual.

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Furthermore, if tags are integrated into consumer goods during the production phase, items can be tracked during all stages of the supply chain. Likewise, Wiliot-connected containers, in theory, could “automatically reorder themselves when empty.”

With Samsung, Amazon and Qualcomm backing this project, Wiliot’s future looks rather bright. The technology will be available for sampling via the Early Advantage Program this year with public availability slated for 2020. JB

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TOPICS: Bluetooth, gadgets, Internet of Things, sensor, Sticker
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