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Tiny IoT chips pull off no power communication

Oct 09, 2017, 7:17 AM EDT
(Source: Thomas Anderson/flickr)
(Source: Thomas Anderson/flickr)

The researchers at the University of Washington (UW), who recently showed off the world’s first battery-free smartphone, have developed a revolutionary IoT chip that communicates over miles without consuming any energy.

The existing radio communication systems are powered by batteries and are too expensive to be integrated into objects at scale as we stand on the brink of Internet of Things boom, a challenge that the new chip seeks to address, notes Fanatical Futurist.

These miniature computer chips work on “Backscatter” technology, which involves absorbing and reflecting ambient radio waves that can be detected by a receiver over long distances. 

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