Wi-Fi with 10 thousand times lower power consumption


This new technology that will allow the existence of lower values of energy consumption, is not yet being applied in products marketed, but the researchers ensure that it is ready. MIT considered it to be one of the most innovative technologies of the year 2016.

Wi-Fi technology is a bit ungrateful to the battery of a smartphone, consuming when active, high levels of energy. However, this phrase may fail to make sense in the near future.

In the United States, a team of engineers at the University of Washington has been able to develop Wi-Fi transmitters that work just like they do today, but with a particularity, these transmitters use about 10,000 times less power.

To date, experiments conducted with this technology have not yet seen transmission speeds exceeding 11 megabits, but researchers still ensure that the transmitters are ready to operate in “real-world contexts and with real equipment”.

“We wanted to know if we could get to the point where the transmitters did not use almost any energy”, said Shyam Gollakota, one of the engineers involved in the project, adding that the goal was almost achieved and that it could be (very) A reality.

The first results have already been formally published and will be presented for the first time in public at the Symposium on Design and Implementation of Operating Systems in 2017 during the month of March.

This technology has not yet been analyzed by an independent entity, but MIT has already spoken about this project, which it considered to be one of the most innovative technologies of the year 2016.

In practice, applying this technology can help you keep your smartphone’s battery for about a day longer than usual, talking only about using Wi-Fi, but more importantly, In a more sustainable way, contexts dominated by connected devices (IoT).