Battery-free IoT Wireless Sensors from BRIDG

Good news for the industry, which has been facing the challenge of the cost, inconvenience, and inaccessibility associated with battery replacement in various Internet of Things (IoT) sensor applications. The collaboration between, BRIDG and Face International will bring the patented Evercell power cells source to enable IoT sensor-based applications to operate on harvested energy without batteries.

According to the company officials, an Evercell demonstration device has been operating continuously for 16 months with undiminished performance, producing enough electrical output to power a typical wireless sensor. This is because, the Evercell technology is designed to harvest thermal energy in any environment. Thus, Evercell power cells are inexpensive to produce, consume no fuel, have no moving parts, and contain no toxic materials.

“In driving the continued expansion of the IoT, the promise of the Evercell technology could address an unmet annual demand for tens of billions of IoT devices relying on batteries that otherwise could not be deployed,” said Dan Holladay, Director, Strategic Partnerships, BRIDG.

As part of the collaboration to commercialize the Evercell technology, BRIDG and Face intend to cooperatively undertake technology validation for product integration development and prototype manufacturing of Evercell power cells at its NeoCity campus, with the goal to achieve mass production by 2019.

“BRIDG will be able to assist Face with its capabilities to provide continued development and assist in creating solutions to overcome the manufacturing demand for Evercell,” Holladay said.
The collaboration could result in the development of the initial prototype manufacturing line for the Evercell power cells at the BRIDG facility located in NeoCity.    Read more…

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Wiliot raises $19M venture funding to launch battery-free IoT connectivity

Wiliot, an Israel-based startup developing battery-free Bluetooth semiconductor technology closed a $ 19 million Series A financing round. Qualcomm Ventures and M Ventures led the round with the former contributing $ 5M in the latest round.

Scaling IoT with Battery-Free Bluetooth

The company previously raised $ 14M in venture funding from Grove Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and 83North Venture Capital. Wiliot semiconductors can harvest energy from radio waves significantly reducing the size as well as energy requirement of sensors used in IoT-based solutions.

“This new technology will allow a sensor/radio/processor combination to be embedded in products, packaging, walls, and furniture so that these things can be smarter and communicate with other Bluetooth devices, including smartphones. We will enable everything to be intelligent and every place we go and anything we wear, touch or use will include sensing, connected, passive devices with an unlimited lifetime.”Wiliot CEO and co-founder Tal Tamir

The startup that splits its offices between Caesarea and San Diego, former being the R&D center in Israel and the latter as business development office in the US, will start delivering proof-of-concept devices by Q2’18. Delivery to market is slated for early 2019.


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Battery-free Bluetooth tech from Wiliot one step closer to transforming IoT

Battery-free Bluetooth tech from Wiliot one step closer to transforming IoT

In its latest investment round, fabless semiconductor start-up Wiliot has secured funding from Qualcomm Ventures and M Ventures that will help bring its battery-free Bluetooth technology to fruition.

For all the advancements that battery technology has brought to computing, communication and the internet of things, it also serves to limit these fields. Modern devices can go further, for longer but their power-hungry nature is still constrained by the limitations of current batteries and the need to recharge.

Wiliot’s mission is to scale IoT with battery-free Bluetooth. Based in Israel and California, the company was founded by Gigabit Wi-Fi pioneer Wilocity, a group of wireless engineers experienced in building new wireless products and their associated ecosystems.

The latest investment round follows Wiliot’s Series A funding, which ended in January, yielding $ 14 million. The start-up has raised a total of $ 19 million in its first 10 months as a semiconductor company.

“The quality and experience of the founding team at Wiliot, coupled with their passion to envision a more pervasive IoT, gives us the comfort that Wiliot will significantly change the game, particularly in the medical field, while expanding use and acceptance at a far larger scale,” said Edward Kliphuis, investment director of new businesses at M Ventures.

Read more: Brunel scientists develop flexible, wearable 3D-printed battery

How battery-free Bluetooth works

The current Bluetooth beacon market has peaked in terms of reducing costs, size and ease of maintenance – a limit born largely from the use of batteries. Wilocity’s solution is to remove this element completely.

You may be left wondering how a wireless device can be powered without a battery. The answer is all around us – radio waves. Wiliot’s low-power technology can harvest energy from the electromagnetic radiation that saturates the air with our communications and broadcasting.

“This new technology will allow a sensor/radio/processor combination to be embedded in products, packaging, walls and furniture so that these things can be smarter and communicate with other Bluetooth devices, including smartphones,” said Tal Tamir, CEO and co-founder of Wiliot. “We will enable everything to be intelligent and every place we go and anything we wear, touch or use will include sensing, connected, passive devices with an unlimited lifetime.”

This is made possible thanks to the low-power requirements of the passive sensors and processors –the culmination of decades of fabrication process shrinks, as described by Moore’s Law.

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Could battery-free Bluetooth transform IoT?

“The range of new applications is endless, given the level of miniaturization and lack of power dependency,” said Boaz Peer, Director at Qualcomm Ventures Israel. “As we look at the IoT space, we see battery-free Bluetooth technology as the next great leap, driving exponential growth for the entire IoT ecosystem, from smartphones and Wi-Fi hubs to battery powered beacons.”

It’s a grand vision that adds another piece to the battery-free IoT puzzle. Battery-free RFID sensors and actuators, triggered by the presence of things like temperature and pressure, have been available for some time. The widespread ability to transmit a Bluetooth signal with energy drawn from radio waves has the potential to bring sweeping changes to IoT.

Read more: Microsoft and GE team up on wind energy and battery tech

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