The company announced an iPhone 6 case at TechCrunch Disrupt which converts RF signals (such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE) into DC power for extending the phone’s battery up to 30 percent.
Nikola Labs at the event also confirmed that the case will be launching soon on Kickstarter in a month at $99 and the company targets to start shipping the iPhone 6 cases in 4 months. The company also plans bring their first product to market within a year.
The Nikola Labs page details the technology, “Nikola Technology efficiently converts RF signals like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE into DC power using its proprietary energy harvesting circuit. The result is usable energy that can provide power to mobile devices wirelessly.”
Some of the features of the iPhone 6 case listed include sleek protection, battery life extension, RF harvesting antenna, signal strength indicator, and RF-DC convertor. Those interested to know more about Nikola Labs’ technology can sign up on their page.
TechCrunch in a report explains that the technology from Nikola Labs works passively and will basically harvest back the ambient energy produced by the phone to connect to a network. “They aim to bring the product to market within one year, in partnership with the Ohio State University, where the technology was originally developed, and from there they have licensed the technology and patents,” adds the report.
The company as of now has not revealed future plans for the Nikola Labs’ technology. However considering that the technology doesn’t uses any external source to charge the device; it can be used on devices that pack smaller batteries (such as fitness trackers or smartwatches) to extend battery life.