Nikola Labs launches iPhone 6 case that charges your phone using RF signals
We are in an age where our mobile devices have become our lifeline. In such a setting, it’s important for our devices to remain powered all the time. Sadly, that’s not the case because we still rely on electricity to power our devices. But this could change if the Nikola Labs new iPhone case could see the light of day. This iPhone 6 case converts Radio Frequency (RF) signals such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and LTE, into electricity (DC power) which can be used to extend battery life of the iPhone 6 by almost 30 percent.
Nikola Labs, company behind the revolutionary creation, claim that the iPhone case can harvest up to 90 percent of energy which is wasted by the smartphone in acquiring signals or syncing with other devices, and this harvested energy can then be put right back into the iPhone to extend battery life.
Interestingly, the Nikola Labs’ case does not have a built-in battery of any kind. So, it won’t store the energy harvested. The energy harvesting circuit used in the case will reuse the harvested energy directly to power the device wirelessly. According to TechCrunch, Nikola Labs is aiming to bring the iPhone 6 case into the market in collaboration with Ohio State University, where the technology was originally developed.
The iPhone 6 case is expected to launch on Kickstarter soon. Interested buyers will be able to pre-order a case starting at $99.
According to Nikola Labs, in addition to being used in the iPhone case, the technology to create electricity from RF signals could be used in many other applications including medical devices, wearable technology, embedded sensors and Internet of Things devices.