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Wireless Sensor for Devices Harvests Solar Energy
5/14/2013

Sol Chip and Cellergy have collaborated to offer a high-performance solar-energy harvesting sensor that can be integrated into a range of devices so they require little or no battery power to operate.   (Source: Cellergy)
Sol Chip and Cellergy have collaborated to offer a high-performance solar-energy harvesting sensor that can be integrated into a range of devices so they require little or no battery power to operate.
(Source: Cellergy)

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NadineJ
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World domination?
NadineJ   5/14/2013 1:24:24 PM
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The idea of the Internet of Things is awesome.  I can see the market reaching 1bil units for this before 2022. 

Do these devices work globally? 

Elizabeth M
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Re: World domination?
Elizabeth M   5/15/2013 4:36:51 AM
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That's a good question, Nadine. I imagine they should be able to, but it could depend on which type of wireless connectivity they support. But it seems like a foolish design for them not to work globally.

Rob Spiegel
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Handy for remote devices
Rob Spiegel   5/14/2013 7:06:05 PM
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This could be handy for companies that require remote sensors. In the past remote sensors have a power source that runs down and needs to be replaced, which is costly in technician time. Plus, there is always the possibility that a device's power source could run down before its scheduled replacement. This could end that burden.

Charles Murray
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Re: Handy for remote devices
Charles Murray   5/14/2013 7:23:16 PM
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This is a technical area that's ripe for picking. If the Internet of Things happens, and I don't see any reason why it wouldn't, technologies like these will play an important role.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/15/2013 4:40:34 AM
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Yes, Rob, it seems like wireless sensors are a chief application for this sort of thing. And there are a whole new wave of medical and health-monitoring sensors that are emerging that would benefit from an energy source that doesn't require a traditional type battery.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/15/2013 4:03:08 PM
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Interesting, Elizabeth. I wouldn't have thought medical would be an application for this. Do you know how these would be used in medical?

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/16/2013 5:43:19 AM
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Well there are a number of wireless sensors for health monitoring that are being developed, Rob, so I think this would be a good application for those. Check this story out I wrote awhile back about it: http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=244432

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Rob Spiegel   5/16/2013 3:55:13 PM
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Nice link, Elizabeth. That's an impressive device. My big question is how a medical device could harvest solar energy.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/28/2013 3:57:11 PM
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What a neat combination of technologies to produce an energy harvesting device. Great post, Elizabeth.

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Wireless Sensor Harvesting
apresher   5/14/2013 8:59:44 PM
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Agree with you, Chuck. Wireless energy harvesting is an important technology if we're to achieve Internet of Things goals.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/15/2013 7:18:23 PM
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Agreed, Al. Either we use energy harvesting or we'll be using an awfrul lot of batteries when the Internet of Things reaches its peak.

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