NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Wiliot, the semiconductor pioneer and innovator, raises a $30 million series B for a total of $50 million in funding. This follows its demonstration of the first-ever sticker-sized Bluetooth sensor tag incorporating an ARM processor powered solely by scavenging energy from ambient radio frequencies.
"...an ARM processor powered solely by scavenging energy from ambient radio frequencies."
Once, maybe a dozen years ago in New York, I imagined sensitive microphones that would harvest street noise in Manhattan and use the kinetic energy of the vibrations to generate electricity. Seems not so fanciful now.
And I imagined pavement that would generate electricity from pedestrian footsteps and cars and trucks rolling over the street. Each step, each passing vehicle would compress the pavement and that compression would be harvested like the sounds in the previous idea.
In winter, collect heat from internal combustion engines, like a heat pump, and distribute it to buildings lining the street.
Create solar cell technology that is part of exterior paint. The paint on your house or building or roof generates power.
Feel free to run with these ideas. We'll discuss royalties later.