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)
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.
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.
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.
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
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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