An Indian-origin team of engineers from the University of Washington has developed a novel technology that uses a Wi-Fi router to power devices at home and beyond. Led by the Assistant Professor Shyam Gollakota along with his colleague Vamsi Talla, and few other electrical engineers from the University has developed one of the most sort-after and developed technologies of 2015.
Their creation known as Power over Wi-Fi (Po-WiFi) is an advancement to the Wi-Fi routers technology to power devices at home and beyond. By the application of the present technology, Wi-Fi devices are capable to power sensors in camera and various other devices. This can also co-exist as a Wi-Fi router that does not degrade the WiFi signals.
The Po-WiFi is expected to assist enabling development of internet of things, where there are small computing sensors embedded such as coffee makers, washing machine, etc.
Although there were challenges before the team but they could overcome challenges to develop sensors that could be assimilated in devices to produce power. Po-WiFi has been presently successfully tested in six houses and now the team is all set to present their final paper coming month at Association for Computing Machinery’s CoNEXT 2015 conference, to be held in Heidelberg, Germany.