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UW CSE+EE startup Jeeva Wireless raises $1.2 million for Passive Wi-Fi

Jeeva Wireless logoJeeva Wireless, a UW spinoff created by faculty and students in CSE and Electrical Engineering, has raised $1.2 million to commercialize a line of research based on backscatter — a groundbreaking approach that harvests ambient wireless signals to enable devices to communicate without draining battery power. Relevant projects include Passive Wi-Fi, a system that is capable of generating Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000 times less power than conventional methods, and Interscatter, which enables implanted medical devices to communicate using Wi-Fi. This work — which represents a major leap forward in realizing the potential of the Internet of Things — was named one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review and earned Best Paper Awards at NSDI 2016 and SIGCOMM 2016.

Jeeva Wireless was co-founded by CSE postdoc and EE Ph.D. alum Vamsi Talla (who recently won the WAGS/UMI Outstanding Innovation in Technology Award based on his contributions to this work); EE Ph.D. students Bryce Kellogg and Aaron Parks; CSE professor Shyam Gollakota of the Networks & Mobile Systems Lab, and CSE and EE professor Joshua Smith of the Sensor Systems Lab.

Read more about the team’s latest milestone in a GeekWire article here.