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New “Passive Wi-Fi” Could Drastically Cut Power Needs For Connected Devices

Using ‘reflected’ signals could have a big impact on your phone’s battery life.

Electrical engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a new type of Wi-Fi hardware that uses 10,000 times less power than existing technology, Wired reports. That could have big implications for mobile and embedded applications, helping smartphone batteries last longer, reducing the power demands of devices in the Internet of Things, and ultimately making internet connectivity practical for a much wider range of devices. [1]

[1] By David Z. Morris for Fortune

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