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UW CSE and EE researchers generate buzz with new “power over Wi-Fi”

PoWiFi cameraLast week, the CSE blog reported on an exciting new research project led by Shyam Gollakota, who heads UW CSE’s Networks & Mobile Systems Lab, and CSE & EE professor Josh Smith of the Sensor Systems Lab, plus a team of CSE and EE graduate students and postdocs. The project, affectionately dubbed “PoWiFi,” harnessed energy from Wi-Fi signals to wirelessly power battery-free devices – in this case, temperature and camera sensors – and to wirelessly recharge batteries.

In addition to MIT Technology Review, a host of other media outlets have picked up the story. Read more about the international buzz generated by PoWiFi courtesy of WiredBBC NewsChristian Science MonitorPopular Science and PC Magazine (to name a few).

Read the research paper here. Congratulations to Shyam, Josh and the entire team – Vamsi TallaBryce KelloggBen Ransford and Saman Naderiparizi!