>> IFIND - WORLDS FIRST BATTERY FREE LOCATION TAG
A nice followup to my blog post on the
wireless alliance - introducing the
iFind location tag.
iFind is a battery-free item location tag - developed by WeTag; it collects
power from ambient electromagnetic sources, such as Wi-Fi transmitters
or mobile phone antennas. The power attained can be converted into enough
electrical currents and stored in a power bank in iFind, which simulates
a battery that continually supports a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) radio.
Not only do you have the ability to locate the tag (which may be connected
to your keyring) from your mobile phone - it also allows you to locate
your phone if you have the tag; simply shake it and your mobile phone
will ring. Unlike passive tags which typically require no power to operate;
the iFind can communicate as well as act as a simple beacon.
It will be interesting to see how the technology used is applied in other
IoT devices (licensing, or partnership) in the upcoming months to remove
the need for battery or wired power sources and the logistical nightmare
of maintaining or replacing them.