Battery are critical but frequently overlooked components of modern electronics, but one startup is looking ahead. In a recent whitepaper, Oppo proposes a-free, zero-power communication system for small, low-power IoT devices. The paper explores the concept of ambient radio frequency (RF) wave-powered electronics that don’t require onboard power.
According to Oppo, IoT devices will be able to harvest energy directly from Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and mobile signals in the near future, resulting in fantastic benefits like smaller size, higher endurance, and lower cost. The company thinks that this technology will cut Battery usage, lowering maintenance costs and reducing environmental impact. It’s not a new concept to have devices that pull power from the air.
Samsung has released a smart TV remote that uses 2.4GHz Wi-Fi to capture energy. In the past, Motorola and Xiaomi have shown off ambient device charging options. Surprisingly, Oppo suggests that zero-power technology might theoretically allow wearables to charge passively as well. This would go a long way toward solving the problem of modern smartwatches’ poor Battery life. Other advantages of using radio waves for power are seen by Oppo.
Devices can incorporate information in the signal and send it outwardly using this zero-power communication mechanism. This, according to Oppo, might allow smartphones to function as low-power communication beacons in industries such as heavy industry, transportation, and smart homes. Oppo is said to have put the technology through its paces and will begin promoting the zero-power communication protocol for future use. However, real Battery will continue to be the backbone of our digital world for the foreseeable future. Some corporations, on the other hand, are taking the prospect of a world without Battery a little more seriously than before.