The wirelessly-powered Electronic Paper Display (EPD) prototype system can be successfully operated and wirelessly powered at a distance in a dynamic environment, without the need for any wires or batteries. Wireless power, say the companies, is seen as being a key enabler to the extensive use of smart display solutions in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) field, such as electronic shelf labels for retailers, digital signage, logistics tags, and distributed sensor networks.
Wireless power offers key advantages over using wiring or batteries: running wires to labels, tags, and sensors is often cost-prohibitive, while devices that are battery-powered remain constrained by the finite lives of batteries that eventually need to be replaced.
Through wireless power, say the companies, device lifetimes are significantly extended, well beyond the capacity currently offered by traditional batteries; device functionality is significantly enhanced as well.
Ossia is the developer of the FCC-approved Cota Real Wireless Power technology; e-peas is a leading semiconductor company developing energy harvesting power management ICs (PMICs) and extremely-low-power microcontrollers for battery-less IoT applications; and E Ink Holdings is the leading innovator of electronic ink technology.
“We are dedicated to expanding our FCC approved Cota technology to the largest sector in the world and increasing the overall potential of IoT solutions,” says Preston Woo, Ossia’s Chief Strategy Officer. “We are further pleased to collaborate with E Ink, the pioneer and commercial leader in ePaper technology, and E-PEAS, a leading semiconductor for IoT applications with the best-in-class solution for energy harvesting, processing, and sensing.”
Geoffroy Gosset, CEO and co-founder of e-peas says, “Our vision at e-peas is to enable the seamless operation of all connected devices anywhere, anytime, in any conditions with smart innovative solutions. Enabling the broad proliferation of sustainable EPDs and smart IoT devices, in collaboration with top tier partners, is directly in-line with our core mission.”
Johnson Lee, President of E Ink Holdings adds, “The development of wirelessly powered EPDs is another validation of our technology’s durable and ultra-low power displays being applied to previously impossible and unimaginable applications. Ultimately, commercializing battery-less ePaper solutions will enable the potential of IoT applications that require ultra-low power consumption displays. It also makes digital transformation easier than one can imagine in various applications such as logistic tags, luggage tags, digital signage and other digital tags.”
The companies plan to release this leading-edge technology for commercial use by the end of next year. It is presently available for demonstration purposes only.
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