Technology

Created "smart" labels that feed on energy from the air

There seems to be no one left in the future.an item not equipped with “smart” features. If for about 20 years, people were delighted with handheld computers, but now they can’t be surprised by even “smart” clothes. Perhaps, at least some emotions will cause the invention of the company Wiliot - it has created a thin Bluetooth chip that can be used as a label for the sold clothes. The creators have already come up with a bunch of options for using unusual labels: from creating recommendations for choosing clothes to protect against theft.

The first thing you need to tell is unusual.way to power the tiny device. He does not need a battery, because the energy is taken from the surrounding radio waves, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular signals. The company assures that this energy is more than enough to interact with third-party devices: the chip will be able to measure weight, temperature and locate to send this data to a smartphone, washing machine and other equipment.

According to Steve Statler, Vice President of Wiliotmarketing, thanks to high-tech labels, people can easily find lost or stolen items. Also, clothes with a Bluetooth module will be able to interact with the washing machine to make sure that it does not lose color due to the wrong wash mode. Smartphones will be able to track what things are in the wardrobe and give the user the opportunity to choose clothes without opening the closet.

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Of particular interest to an unusual device mayarise from retailers. Not only can they get a tool to track the status of delivery of goods, but also quickly find out about their absence in stock. If you think further, there are more interesting ideas - sellers will be able to track the best-selling products and use this data when creating advertising.

The company recently closed a round of financing on$ 30 million, even Samsung and Amazon are among investors. At the moment, the company is in talks with manufacturers interested in technology. The chip will be available to third-party firms closer to 2020, when they learn to encrypt data and become biodegradable.

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