More than ever, people are relying on smart devices in their daily lives. They use them for organization, entertainment, and to simplify many day-to-day tasks. Consumers have almost come to expect that the products they buy will offer smart features that will add an element of convenience to their life. When given the option of a smart device over a traditional product, those who can afford to do so will generally choose the smart device without question.
Technology is developing so fast that it will not be long before food will let you know when it is going out of date and clothes can inform you that they need adding to the laundry basket. Scientists and engineers are constantly looking for new and exciting ways they can introduce new concepts and products into the smart market.
One of the problems with all these devices is the expense of keeping all running. Either they have replaceable cell batteries that are expensive to repeatedly buy, or they have rechargeable batteries that bump up the initial cost of buying the device and then need electricity for recharging. Therefore, scientists have been looking for a cheaper and more convenient way of keeping all these devices running.
Now, there is the possibility of this becoming a reality and it is all thanks to a company called Wiliot. This Israel-based semiconductor company has recently demonstrated a Bluetooth chip that they have developed. They did this at the annual retail expo National Retail Federation.
This is a first-of-its-kind chip that is approximately the size of a stamp and as thin as paper. It truly is a smart piece of kit as it can send encrypted messages over a distance of around three meters via Bluetooth and it can also detect both temperature and weight.
However, these are not the most interesting features of this unique Bluetooth chip. What is attracting the most attention to it does not need a battery to work. Instead, it draws its own energy from the ambient Cellular signals, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi from the around it. This is the feature that makes it stand out from any other related devices.
Wiliot intends to develop this concept further and announced during their demonstration that they have already secured an additional round of funding that totals $30 million. Two of the biggest investors are Samsung and Amazon. These two companies are two of the biggest powerhouses in the technology sector right now.
Representatives of WIliot went on to express their belief in the tiny Bluetooth chip and described it as giving everyone the opportunity to realize the dream of living life in a fully connected world. This is possibly one of the most significant innovations in technology today.
Tal Tamir is the co-founder and CEO of Wiliot. In a press release, he has said that recycling the radiation that is already around us is the perfect solution to the problem of powering smart devices. Using sensors the size of stickers to do this enables consumers to interact with products in a new way.
He went on to describe some of the ways in which different devices fitted with these chips, which he referred to as tags, could interact with each other. According to Tamir, they can share when they are picked up, their surrounding temperature, and if they need replenishing.
Tamir further explained the benefits of these tags. He described them as having an unlimited lifespan and power. This is beneficial because it removes the need for either batteries or other high-cost components that are usually associated with smart devices. A further benefit is that you can add them into products that were not previously connected to the Internet of Things, which is the terminology now being used to describe the way that the Internet is connecting people in many ways.
This is just one of the ways that scientists and engineers are moving forward in connecting products and simplifying people’s day-to-day lives. This field is a growing sector in technology and is attracting a lot of interest from investors who are keen to get involved with exciting new technological advancements. Consumers can expect to see further advancements in this field, and Wiliot’s Bluetooth chip is just one step forwards towards what consumers can expect in the future.